Bright green in color, the leaves are large and fuzzy. The shape is oblong to almost ovate. These leaves measure 3 to 5 cm long and 2 to 4 cm broad. They are hairy on the top and beneath and the margins are serrated.
The leaves when brushed give out a sweet scent that seems like a cross between spearmint and apples. The taste has a very noticeable “apply” flavor.
The crushed leaves of this plant are said to eliminate the pain caused by bee sting, wasp stings and other insect bites. They bring about a cooling effect on the affected part of the body.
The flowers can be used to make tea which if consumed when promotes digestion, cures many ailments such as intestine problems, stomach pain and refreshes the mind.
The Apple mint leaves also help in breaking down fat and accelerating metabolism level.
The mint leaves contains nutrients like iron, potassium, calcium, vitamin A and C which replenish our body.
The leaves have anti-cancer properties.
Powdered leaves can be used to whiten the teeth.
The essential oil extracted from the leaves is used in aromatherapy to cure acne, colic, cramp, colds, flu, stress, shock, asthma and travel sickness.
Apple Mint can be used in preparing jams, jellies, tea, sauces and desserts.
The dried form of apple mint leaves can be used to prepare delicious potpourri.
The leaves can also be used in making fruit salads.
They can be added to cottage cheese and cream cheese.
You can make a summer drink by dipping the leaves in ice water or make a tea by putting them in hot water.
They are also used in making candies and mint chocolates.