How to Dry Fresh Mint Plants to Make Tea


Mint is an effortless herb to grow. If allowed, the mint will quickly take over your garden. A sprig of fresh mint is an attractive embellishment to a sparkling glass of iced tea. Instead of garnish, use mint to brew a pot of tea. Experiment with different mint varieties to discover your favorite flavor. Select mint free of pesticides or other chemicals and harvest the mint in the early morning, after the dew has evaporated.

Step 1

Cut off bunches of the mint, making 45-degree angle cuts with a sharp knife. According to Dr. Leonard Perry, extension professor at the University of Vermont, "Don't cut back farther than the second set of leaves." Cutting close to a fork in the plant encourages the mint plant to bush out.

Step 2

With a piece of twine, secure the bunch like a bouquet, wrapping the string around the stems and tying.

Step 3

Hang the bunch upside down in a warm, dry, well-ventilated area. You can attach the bunch to a clothes hanger with a clothespin or make a loop from the twine and hang the bunch on a curtain rod or ceiling hook. The mint will be dry when the leaves are crisp.

Step 4

Remove the dried leaves from the stems and discard stems. Your dried leaves will work perfectly for making tea.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Twine


  • "How to Grow Herbs"; Editors of Sunset Magazine; 1975
  • University of Vermont Extension: Homegrown Teas
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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University of Fullerton.