The Health benefits and Uses of Mint leaves,
also known as Mentha or Pudina 1. Mint leaves are one of the highest herbal
sources of anti-oxidants and carotenes, and are therefore used to create herbal teas.
2. Drinking mint tea, aids the digestion process of the body and naturally stabilises both
irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation. It has also been attributed to soothe diaphragm
irritation, effectively treating hiccups. 3. Drinking mint tea also has strong antimicrobial
and antifungal properties, due to its high volume of natural nutrients, vitamins and
minerals 4. All mint varieties are rich in carotenes
containing approximately one thousand six hundred micrograms within a standard portion.
When regularly consumed, mint aids with achieving optimal eye health, whilst reducing dry eyes
and sensitivity. 5. Mint leaves can be crushed and used in
conjunction with regular toothpaste, to whiten teeth with stronger effect. The pleasant aroma
and oxidisation process also reduces bad breath. 6. Menthol is an essential oil which is contained
within many varieties of mint. This essential oil is regularly extracted and used in a range
of different health, food and cosmetic products. 7. Peppermint, one of the most common varieties
is used in many medicines such as inhalers, in order to aid breathing, prevent coughing,
hay-fever and reduce mucus during a cold or infection.
8. When mint aroma is inhaled, it also helps asthma. The respiratory passages, and airwaves
are opened and calmed to allow for a more stable airflow. This can be reproduced at
home, by simply crushing peppermint leaves, and inhaling the aroma and menthol contained
within them. 9. Inhaling mint aroma also reduces nausea,
and headaches. Peppermint tea works particularly well in this case.
10. Mint leaves can also be used in other aromatherapy products, such as candles, oils,
soaps and balms. 11. Oils derived from mint, can be used in
conjunction with other essential oils to provide a pleasing, and relaxing aroma in order to
reduce insomnia. 12. Mint acts as an antipruritic therefore
may also be used as a rub, to provide a cooling sensation to the skin. This effectively desensitises
skin irritations from itching, burns, bites and stings.
13. Rosmarinic acid is a dominant anti-oxidant contained within mint and has high anti-inflammatory
properties. Mint oil and menthol can be used whilst soaking in the bath to reduce aches,
sprains and cramps. 14. The gentle aroma of mint leaves, used
in aromatherapy acts as a relaxant, reducing anxiety and stress.
15. A variety of mint named Barbed Skullcap, kills cancer cells by destroying the blood
vessels which supply the cancerous tumours. 16. Mint, used in conjunction with salt and
water can be used to create a better tasting saline gargle, in order to clear up throat
infections. 17. The pennyroyal variety of mint can be
used as bug deterrent and is commonly used in spray form to repel ants and flies.
18. Mint leaves and stalks can be tucked inside a pillow, which your pet sleeps on or in their
favourite resting place to act as a flea repellent. 19. Mint is a commonly used herb to cook with.
It can add wonderful flavour to many dishes, whilst also adding healthy nutrition.
20. When grown in larger quantities, mint acts as a mice and rats deterrent in your
garden. 21. There are over eighteen known varieties
of mint, and many hybrids. Each has its own unique flavour.
22. The Mint herb / plant grows rapidly, and is usually perennial, returning each year
with little maintenance. In order to harvest your own mint for use in cooking, and any
of the techniques described above, I would recommend continually removing the leaves
from the mint stalks throughout the growing season, as this promotes a bushier mint with
more growth. Depending upon the variety, always keep the mint well-trimmed, to prevent it
from flowering, which will yield more foliage. The mint flower itself can also be eaten,
and can be a beautiful aromatic garnish as a final touch to any dish.
23. Mint is very refreshing when added to iced drinks. Place mint stalks into a bottle
of water in the refrigerator and leave it for at least one hour. The water will then
be infused with mint, and can be combined with fresh fruit and vegetables to create
a very healthy, yet tasty beverage. 24. Mint sauce can be made, and is a tasty
compliment to any roast meal. Please see the link below the video for a short guide on
how to make fresh mint sauce. Finally I would like to dedicate this video
to my late grandmother, Bella who inspired my love of mint from a young age. For a written version of this article, please
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