Scientifically known as mentha, mints are known for their cooling sensation. It is a highly aromatic and freshning herb. It is used for culinary, cosmetic, oral and aromatherapy purposes. It can be added to food in both fresh and dried forms and can also be applied to the skin or inhaled. It is believed that mint contains the highest amount of antioxidants than any other existing herb. It contains iron, manganese, folate, fiber, calories and vitamin A. When taken, it can provide the body with some health benefits as seen below.
1. Treats common cold:
Mint is known to clear congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi, and lungs. Also, it helps relieve irritation caused by chronic coughing due to the antiinflammatory properties.
The strong and refreshing smell from mint can help deal with stress and revive the mind. Due to the adaptogenic properties it contains, it can help regulate the cortisol level and boost the body’s natural resilience to stress. Just by breathing in the aroma of mint, your mind is instantly calmed.
3. Improves digestion:
Mint can be helpful in improving digestion and relieving stomach upset and indigestion. It can also treat other digestive tract disorder such as bloating, gas, and changes in bowel habits. This it does by relaxing the muscles of the digestive tract through the menthol in it.
4. Oral health:
Mint helps freshen your breath instantly due to the presence of germicidal properties. It also inhibits bacteria growth inside the mouth and cleanses plaque deposition on teeth. This is why most chewing gums and tooth paste have mint.
5. Treats nausea:
Mint is also helpful in treating nausea especially for pregnant women. To do this, you can either eat a few leaves or smell the leaves every morning.
6. Treats asthma:
Taking mint can bring about soothing effect for asthmatic patients due to the antiinflammatory properties it contains and it is also helpful in relieving congestions. However, this should not be taken in excess as it could cause irritability for them.
7. Improves metabolism:
Mint helps stimulate digestive enzymes which in turn facilitate better absorption of nutrients from food. When this happens, there is improved metabolism which can be helpful in weight loss.
8. Smoothens the skin:
Mint leaves contain a high content of salicylic acid which is good in combating acne. The juice from the mint leaves can act as an effective skin cleanser as the antioxidant prevents free radicals activities giving you an ever glowing skin.