Fortunately for her, Alyssa Milano’s homegrown mint plants went into overdrive and sprouted a surplus. “My mint is out of control right now, so I basically put it in everything,” the Charmed actress told People. “It doesn’t matter what it is, it’s getting mint in it.” YUM. The 44-year-old star, who also follows a low-carb lifestyle to help her keep slim, sprinkles the summer herb into cool club soda and onto a refreshing watermelon, feta, and cucumber salad.”[It’s] super easy to make and super delicious”—and not to mention healthful—she shared.
In fact, the fragrant leaves can calm a slew of ailments such as indigestion and gas, seasonal allergies, certain skin rashes, and can even help you lose weight. According to a study conducted by Wheeling Jesuit University, people who took a whiff of peppermint scent every two hours reported a decreased appetite compared to non-sniffers and also consumed 2,800 less calories in a week—that’s just 700 calories shy of a pound!
To reap the benefits of this candy cane-inspiring herb, pick a few leaves, wash ‘em off, and then try out these 4 Delicious Ways To Use Leftover Mint Leaves.