Mint: Flavor and Health Benefits

One of the best parts of conservation with family and friends is to discuss sensitive glasses of brightly colored, Moroccan mint tea. Not only is it soothing and delicious tea, mint provides a welcoming aroma and fresh and refreshing taste.

The peppermint plant is possibly the most widely used and familiar plant. It is the herb that gives flavor to our toothpaste, toothpicks, dental floss, mouthwash, chewing gum and soft mouth, cough drops, throat lozenges, and many varieties of drinks, teas and desserts including chocolates mint and ice cream. Mint is also very common in aromatherapy oils, soaps and shampoos, lip balms and cosmetics, skin cleansers and toners, fresheners, candles and household cleaning products. This leafy herb is very easy to distinguish :. Just follow the spicy mint

crisp smell

Mint has been an important herb for centuries. It was kept as an aromatic, cleaning, condiments and herbs in ancient civilizations in the Indus River. Mint is used to scent baths and homes and for its medicinal effects. Remedies for everything from colic to digestive orders and skin wounds calls mint leaves.

Centuries later, when settlers sailed to the New World, they brought peppermint for headaches, indigestion, gas and insomnia. They also drank tea brewed from mint leaves, not only because it was a refreshing and healthy drink, but also because they are not taxed as tea was by the British rulers.


The leaves of the mint plant is the part used for medicinal purposes, food and other preparations. They contain high amounts of pure essential oils. The main ingredient is the volatile oil menthol evaporates quickly in the air with that feature, cooling and cleansing feeling and taste. Different varieties of grass containing varying amounts of essential oil. Other components in the essential oil derived from the leaves include menthone, methyl acetate and menthofuran. Even rubbing or walk on the leaves releases the aromatic oils from the mint plant easily.

Today the fragrant mint plant is still used for its pleasant aroma in the kitchen and for its medicinal qualities. Menthol is used for its decongestant, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, antiseptic and antibacterial and slightly anesthetic properties. Mint can be ingested or applied directly in oils, topical ointments and cleansers on the skin; even its pungent aroma has healing properties. Menthol can help ease indigestion, clear a clogged head, relieve headache and soothe sore throats. In indigestion, peppermint relieves pain and discomfort by relaxing the muscles of the intestinal wall. It also increases the production of saliva in the mouth; this helps chewing and swallowing proper that helps relieve stomach cramps. Prophetic in natural medicine, mint is said to relieve a variety of digestive disorders and even stop hiccups.

Other conditions that peppermint is a rescue remedy for motion sickness include, cramps and nausea. When taken orally or inhaled as aromatherapy or rubbed on the skin, peppermint can relieve respiratory conditions such as coughs, colds, respiratory difficulties and for bacteria, fungi and viral infections. In addition, aromatherapy with peppermint oil even helps focus and concentration and clears the mental stress.

peppermint essential oil should be used sparingly as menthol in the oil can cause sensitivity in some individuals. It can irritate the skin or mucous membranes if the dose is too high. Mint and other herbal compounds should not be used in children and pregnant and lactating women should use only very small amounts.
With all the benefits of mint, which is a favorite for gardeners. Mint increasingly is simple; hard work agrees to take over your garden. This herb Hardy is low maintenance and flourishes in moist soil medium, either rich in the shade or under direct sunlight. Most species of mint also thrive as houseplants: keep one in your kitchen and cut the fresh leaves whenever you need them. And your plant away ants and other insects are kept!

Therapeutic Uses

  • treat indigestion, colic, dyspepsia, stomach ulcers, spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome and gas.
  • soothe morning sickness, nausea, vomiting and headaches.
  • use peppermint tea, pills and rubs to clarify flus, colds, and bronchial infections and upper respiratory tract.
  • Use ointments containing compounds of mint for muscle pain and bruising in joints.
  • Use on cuts, scrapes and rashes for its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  • Use externally on the skin for itching, burns, rheumatism, ringworm and insect repellent.
  • relieve mental stress and aid concentration and memory.
  • mint aromatherapy can comfort and positive emotions of influence.


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