It grows all over the world, but originates from the Mediterranean. Best of all, mint has many benefits for our health, and we can consume it in many different ways. In this article you will learn about the wonderful properties of mint and how you can make it a part of your diet!
Interesting facts about mint
- During the period of the Roman Empire, mint was widely used as a medicinal plant, and for this reason it was introduced to various countries and cities.
- It grows quickly on land, and in humid areas it branches out and can form a shrub that can grow up to half a meter wide.
- The flowers from mint bushes can be purple or white. They appear as the plant grows.
- There are about 25 subspecies of plants in the mint family, such as. rosemary, thyme and oregano. All of these are aromatic herbs.
- You mostly consume the mint leaves, but you can also use its essential oils, as well as apply them on the skin.
- This wonderful plant provides vitamins A and C, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals of all kinds.
- Mint grows without problems in most climates, whether it is in the garden or in a pot at home.
- You need to be careful not to expose it to too much sun, and make sure it has plenty of water. You can pick the leaves throughout the year.
- Its scientific name is “Mentha”, which comes from the name of the Greek nymph, and the love of Pluto. Because he was so jealous, he turned her into a plant.
Health benefits of mint
Consuming this plant is really beneficial for your health. The properties of mint are good for treating many different ailments.
For the digestive system
You should get mint after meals, so the stomach calms down. It also relieves flatulence and helps digest food better. It is recommended if you have abdominal pain, because mint is antispasmodic and prevents vomiting (especially after eating a lot).
It increases the secretion of gastric juice, and helps reduce nausea. It is recommended not to consume mint for long periods of time, as it may cause gastritis or irritation of the stomach.
For the liver and intestines
Mint can be used to stimulate liver function and increase the excretion of bile. For example, it is used to treat stomach cramps and improve digestion, if the liver is “a slow worker”.
It can also treat diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and Chrohn’s disease. It helps to remove gases from the intestine, and prevents waste from rotting or accumulating.
For the respiratory system
Because mint contains menthol, it provides anti-congestive properties. It also makes you sweat more, and eliminates tightness in the nose. It is used to treat flu, colds and fever.
In addition, its antiviral properties help to overcome respiratory diseases of all kinds.
Some people use mint to treat bronchitis, pharyngitis and asthma. Those who quit smoking or who cough a lot because of cigarettes can use mint to soothe their throat.
For blood circulation
Peppermint has anticoagulant properties thanks to eugenol and rosemary acid. It improves blood circulation and treats certain related disorders, such as headaches.
It can also be used to reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness, as it allows a greater oxygen supply to the cells, while cleansing the toxins.
External use of mint for health and beauty
For joint pain
The essential oil of mint has the ability to reduce pain caused by rheumatism, thanks to the analgesic properties of salicylic acid. It is also used to fight migraines, when it only affects one area of the head.
Compression should be done with a cloth dampened in mint oil, which you hold against the temples. Back, muscle and neck pain, as well as muscle knots, can be relieved with this treatment.
Against bad breath
If you suffer from bad breath, mint is your friend. You can normally consume it in the form of sweets, pills or chewing gum. You can also chew some leaves of the plant, as long as you wash them first.
The herb has aromatic properties, which gives it a strong taste. It is not only useful for eliminating bad breath, but also has a soothing effect on dry mouth, cavities and gingivitis.
For the skin
Peppermint has about 30 antiseptic components, and about 40 antibacterial substances. It is perfect for treating various skin problems such as sores, itching and insect bites.
It is often used for eczema or for inflamed hemorrhoids. Women can wash their bottoms with it, or sit in a tub with it to treat common vaginal diseases.
How about mint for cooking?
Mint also has many benefits when it comes to preparing food. The distinctive sharp taste, and penetrating and refreshing aroma have meant that it has been used in gastronomy since ancient times.
You can use it to season:
- Cooked vegetables