Updated: Feb 25, 2019
Spring is right around the corner, soon I'll be enjoying the freshest mint leaves of the season. Having your own mint leaf garden can really be nice because it is aesthetically pleasing, smells great, especially after the rain, and I have my own organic addition to the medicine cabinet and kitchen table. A note of caution, the mint leaf plant is quite hardly. It grows quickly so be sure you want to maintain the plant before you toss it in your flower garden. Mint likes to have it own space so it a can easily choke out other plants that grow too close to it.
Mint (mentha) is a popular herb and mouth freshener that has been widely known for hundreds of years for its medicinal properties. I was amazed when I first discovered it in original plant form growing wildly in a friend’s backyard. Pulling it from the root, she shared a small bunch with me which I promptly planted and trained to grow a border around my own back yard. It took off like wildfire!
Mint, what is it good for?
Mint leaves can be used fresh or dry. With more than a couple of dozen species, and countless varieties it includes peppermint and spearmint. I love the fresh taste of mint in tea, cocktails, candy, cookies toothpaste, and lip balm to name a few of the reasons for it popularity. Still, this pretty little green leaf has much more to offer than it’s distinct minty taste.
Essential oils in mints can be ingested in drinks and food, applied topically, or inhaled as a vapor. Mint is a natural stimulant. It can charge your energy and get your brain functioning at a higher level. so if you’re felling anxious, depressed our exhausted
Sleep well. Put some essential mint oils on your pillow case to help your mind and body to rest at night.
Treat Asthma. Mint it is a good relaxant and relieves congestion. However too much use in this way can irritate the nose and throat, practice moderation.
Cure seasonal allergies and hay fever. The upcoming spring season is also the doorway to itchy eyes, sneezing, cloggy throats and serious nasal irritants. Extracts of the mint leaves have been shown to inhibit the of certain chemicals which aggravate server nasal symptoms associated with seasonal allergies and hay fever.
Prevent respiratory disorders. Many balms are based in mint because the strong aroma can also clear away congestion in the throat and lungs which can give relief from colds and coughing.
Improve indigestion & rid away diarrhea. The aroma of mint helps to activate the salivary glands in your mouth as well as the glands which secrete the digestive enzymes, facilitating digestion. It also soothes the stomach in case of indigestion or inflammation.
Sooth nausea and motion sickness. If you’re planning to take a cruise, you may want to pack some mint gum or mint oil in your carry bag. Menthol oil form mint candy can be helpful with nausea and motion sickness.
Skincare. The juice from mint is an excellent skin cleanser. It can reduce pimples, relieve symptoms of acne. It’s anti acidic property make it a good go-to for insect bits. The cooling sensation brings down swelling and discourages the urge to scratch. You’ll find mint in most citronella candles - most bugs can’t stand the smell.
Stimulate weight loss. Lose weight in a healthy way. Studies have shown that mint can help stimulate the digestive enzymes . By adding it to your diet you are increasing the amount of fat that is being consumed and put to use, rather than storing it and contributing to weight gain.
A Carter University Study on streets, alertness and cognition showed that people who frequently chewed mint gum had higher levels of memory retention and mental alertness than those who did not.
Prevent memory loss. Feeling a bit sluggish? Pop a piece of mint gum in your mouth. A Carter University Study on streets, alertness and cognition showed that people who frequently chewed mint gum had higher levels of memory retention and mental alertness than those who did not.
Oral Care. Ever wonder why mint is commonly found in toothpaste and mouthwash? The menthol germicidal qualities refreshes the mouth and inhibits germs by cleaning the tongue and teeth.
Relieve headaches & tension. Got a headache? Rub some mint leaves on your forehead and nose. According to the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics mint can help alleviate a headache because.
The aforementioned lists some of the ways I appreciate the gift of mint. There are countless more uses for the wonder plant, far too numerous to list here. This blog post was inspired by online resources. Check out Home Cooking, a Channel that provides natural remedies to common health and wellness issues.
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