there`s nothing so satisfying as freshly dried mint. after picking fresh mint i hang mine up in a slightly shaded area with a good breeze until it`s mostly dry, then finish it off in a brown paper bag. the color stays bright, and when you go to make a pot of tea and crush the leaves to release the oils it always smells amazing. i swear by mint for tummy aches, hangovers, and i also believe, though some people snort when i tell them this, that it helped me quit smoking in my 20s. it did!