Mint or Mentha is a popular herb, which belongs to the Lamiaceae family with more than 15 plant spices.
Mint with a pleasant aroma, can be used either in fresh or in dried forms, in foods and beverages, its meant for its cooling sensation while consuming.
This amazing herb has various health benefits like – availability of abundant in nutrients, improves digestion or reduces gastrointestinal problems, boosts brain function, helps in common cold, Helps beat depression and mental stress, and also helps to fight against skin problems.
Nutrient available in Mint:
And also contains:
Let us have a glance on Mint or Mentha’s possible benefits
Improves digestion or reduces gastrointestinal problems
Consuming Mint in any natural form will help to improve digestion or gastrointestinal problems by helping our body to relive health common problems like stomach upset, indigestion, stomach pain, etc., The reason behind it is – the fibers and other unique combination of nutrient values in it, will support our digestive system
Boost Brain Function:
As per Ayurveda, there is a correlation between ‘Stomach’ and ‘Brain’ – if the stomach is clean and healthy – it will digest the food in a very wise manner and it helps to gain more alertness and concentration in whatever you do. Another reason possible cause could be the unique combination of nutrients like potassium, iron, several vitamins naturally existing in this herb.
Some studies show that – if someone smells peppermint oil may boost the alertness and brain functioning, however not all studies agreeing with this statement. More research yet to be done to understand the clear pictures with more samples.
It an excellent remedy to treat symptoms of Morning sickness or Nausea – by eating a few fresh leaves of Mentha or mint.
Helps in Common Cold
Many people, who like natural herbal treatments, believe Mint is an effective nasal decongestant that can improve airflow in breathing passageways. Consuming it at an early stage of cold may help to fight against common cold symptoms.
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Helps to treat Asthma and respiratory disorders:
Mint is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, It’s a good relaxant and relieves from stuffiness or congestion, however American Lung Association – advise that scientific studies do not support these statements – mint helps in managing common cold symptoms or asthma.
Rosmarinus acid or antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent in Peppermint reduces symptoms of Asthma.
A number of species from Lamiaceae family ( Mint Family Herbs or Plants) have been widely used as ethnomedicine against allergic inflammatory skin diseases and allergic asthma and respiratory disorders in traditional practices like Ayurveda.
Treats Bad Breath
Many people who are not having good digestion may suffer from bad breath in general. Eating mint leaves either fresh green leaves or dried leaves helps you to control bad breath.
In general, people like to eat Pan (betel leaf with Anise, Mint, etc ) for good digestion and also to get rid of bad breath.
In various parts of the world Mint family herbs or Lamiaceae species ( various plant parts ) used for various purposes as per NCBI & its references.
Here you can see listed a wide range of uses in various geographies in various medical practices
|Plant Name – from Mint Family||Geography||Mode of use||Medical use|
|Clerodendrum petasites||Thailand||The aerial part is prepared as tea||Asthma|
|Elsholtzia blanda (Benth.)||Arunachal Pradesh, India||Leaves||Itching conditions|
|Epimeredi indica (L.) Rothm||China||Bones and muscles ache,||The whole plant is used for medicinal bath.|
|Mentha arvensis Linn.||Western Himalayas||Leaves||Stomach problems|
In Korea, Peninsula, Lebanon, Indonesia – uses these herb family plants to treat various disorders in traditional practices.
How to Prepare Mint Juice:
- 1 cup of Mint leaves
- 2 cups of water
- 1tpsp of jaggery/Sugar
- 1 slice lemon
- 1 tbsp of cumin powder
- Required salt
- Ice cubes (if required)
- Wash the mint leaves roughly.
- Now add these leaves and in a jar.
- Now blend with high speed now add all other ingredients and mix well
- Then serve with adding ice cubes. If you want to garnish touch with a lemon slice.
We can add mint to various dishes & beverages to make them delicious & healthy.
Mint family spices are having a wide range of health benefits as per traditional medical practices like help in common cold, may improve brain function, morning sickness, bad breath, and widely used in aromatherapy.