Fresh mint leaves add flavor and nutrition to many different recipes
10/3/2017 6:40:39 PM
|written By : Staff Reporter|
Green, refreshing and aromatic are the three words that come to our mind when we think of mint. The little green herb is as tasty as it is healthy. Known to have originated in Asia and the Mediterranean region, it is said that the Greeks added these leaves to their baths and also cleaned banquet tables with them. The Romans used them in their sauces and medieval monks had recognised their healing properties. Even the name mint is derived its name from the ancient Greek mythical character Minthe. According to Greek mythology, Minthe was a river nymph. Hades, the God of the Underworld, fell in love with her and when Persephone, Hades’s wife, found out, she turned Minthe into a plant, so that everyone would walk all over her and crush her. Unable to undo the spell, Hades gave Minthe a magnificent aroma so that he could smell her and be near her when people trod on her.
Today more than 30 varienties of mint are available. It contains mmany vitamins and minerals including calcium, zinc, copper and magnesium.
1 Aids Digestion: Mint is a great appetizer or palate cleanser, and it promotes digestion. The aroma of the herb activates the salivary glands in the mouth as well as glands which secrete digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion.
2 Treat Nausea & Headache: The menthol oil derived from mint can be very soothing for nausea and related motion sickness. Balms with a mint base or basic mint oil, when rubbed on the forehead and nose, gives quick relief in case of a headache. The herb is a naturally soothing substance, so it can alleviate the inflammation and temperature rise that is often associated with headaches and migraines.
3 Prevent Respiratory Disorders: The strong aroma of the herb is very effective in clearing up congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi, and lungs, which gives relief from respiratory disorders that often result from asthma and the common cold. As mint cools and soothes the throat, nose and other respiratory channels, it relieves the irritation which causes chronic coughing.
4 Treats Asthma: Regular use of mint is very beneficial for asthma patients, as it is a good relaxant and relieves congestion. But too much mint could also irritate the nose and throat.
5 Breast Feeding: For new mothers who are breastfeeding their little ones, studies have shown that mint oil can reduce the nipple cracks and pain.
6 Reduce Depression & Fatigue: Mint is a natural stimulant, so if you are feeling sluggish, anxious, depressed, or simply exhausted, mint and its essential oils can help. It can be ingested, applied topically in a salve form, or inhaled as a vapor, and all of those techniques can give you a much-needed boost.
7 Skincare: While mint oil is a good antiseptic and antipruritic material, the mint juice is an excellent skin cleanser. It soothes the skin and helps to cure infections and itchiness. In addition to being a good way to reduce pimples, it can even relieve some of the symptoms of acne. Its anti-pruritic properties can be used for treating insect bites like those of mosquitoes, honeybees, hornets, wasps, and gnats.
8 Promote Weight Loss: Apart from all the other health benefits, it also can help in your efforts to lose weight in a healthy way. Mint stimulates the digestive enzymes that absorb nutrients from food and consume fat and turns it into usable energy.
9 Oral Care: This herb has germicidal qualities that quickly freshens breath, thus adding to oral health by inhibiting harmful bacterial growth inside the mouth and by cleaning the tongue and teeth. This is why, mint used to be rubbed directly on the teeth and gums to refresh the mouth and eliminate bacteria.
10 Prevent Cancer: Current research shows that certain enzymes that can be found in mint may help prevent and treat cancer.
So if you want a zing in your life, mint will do just that!