Mint or also known as Mentha belongs to the family Lamiaceae. There are more than 13 mint varieties.
Many people love mint due to its pleasant and refreshing taste and smell. It has cooling qualities and that is why it is added to various cosmetic products, such as ointments, mouthwashes, bubble baths, toothpaste, etc.
Mint is also added to meals both salty and sweet to give them specific flavor. Moreover, besides being used because of its flavor, mint provides many health benefits as well.
Here is the list of its health benefits:
1. Improves digestion
If you suffer from indigestion, mint can help you to soothe your stomach. Namely, it is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. Its smell stimulates the salivary glands to produce digestive enzymes that ease the food digestion, prevent spasms and loosen up your stomach muscles. The University of Maryland Medical Center found out that this herb calms the stomach and normalizes the food digestion.
Consume a cup of mint tea after your meals to enhance the gastrointestinal processes.
2. Treats nausea and headache
You can eliminate your headache and migraine if you consume mint regularly. This is due to its strong taste and smell. Rub your nose or forehead with mint leaves and your headache will disappear in an instant.
3. Stops the annoying hiccups
Hiccups appear when there is extra air in your stomach and lungs. Luckily it can be solved with consuming mint water. According to the Backyard Medicine book, hiccups disappear due to the menthol in this herb.
4. Enhances breastfeeding
Discomfort, tenderness, and pain in both breasts are normal during breastfeeding. However, they can be treated by rubbing the breasts with a mint leaf or mint tea. Many studies have proven the effects of this treatment, so it is worth trying.
5. Improves the memory
Certain scientific research has shown that mint can encourage cognitive processes, such as memorizing and thinking. Regular consumption of mint tea can significantly enhance the memory process. It is used in the aromatherapy as well, so in order to feel more energized, leave mint around your house as an aromatic and you will certainly feel better.
6. Treats cough and respiratory problems
Due to its intense smell, it can alleviate the process of breathing and treat all kinds of cough and cold. Rub your chest with mint cream or mint leaves to soothe these symptoms. Moreover, you can drink mint tea or inhale mint steam to fix your breathing problems.
7. Stimulates the weight loss
This herb stimulates the secretion of the digestive enzymes which help food digestion and promote weight loss. If you include mint in your daily diet you will turn your excess fat into energy.
8. Improves the Immunity
Mint is rich in various beneficial nutrients, such as calcium, phosphorus, vitamins D, E, C, and vitamin B complex. They stimulate the immune system, making you more resistant against colds and infections.
9. Prevents cancer
According to certain research, it is really beneficial even for cancer patients, especially those with lung, liver, colon and skin cancer. This is because it is rich in phytochemicals that cease the blood supply that encourages the tumors to grow.
10. Treats Asthma
It was previously mentioned that mint can treat some respiratory diseases. In addition, it can treat asthma as well. It contains rosmarinic acid which has antioxidant properties, preventing the allergy.
11. Boosts your mood
You can only smell mint in order to feel refreshed and energized. Mint leaves can reduce anxiety and stress and they can stimulate the secretion of serotonin too. A mint bubble bath can boost your mood and relax your mind and body.
12. Improves your oral health
Mint leaves have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Therefore, they can penetrate your organism through your oral cavity and prevent bacterial growth and development. Rub your gums and teeth with mint leaves and let them act for a couple of minutes.
How to grow mint
This herb is simple to grow. Its root system is known as runners, so you can plant the root as the new leaves grow.
Plant these leaves in separate pots because they overtake a lot of space.
Replant the existing leaves or use mint seeds. If you decide for the first option, you need water-retaining pots, about 15 inches wide and potting soil.
Make sure you water the plant regularly since it can easily dry off, and provide it with enough sunlight as well.
Trim the plant to about six inches in height, in that way the bush will not extend in different directions. Do not forget to trim the flower buds to keep the plant stay in one place.
In order not to lose the plant do not harvest more than 1/3 of its leaves. You can dry them off by placing them on a tray or just hang them upside down.
This plant can be used for different purposes: as a remedy, cosmetic product, drink aromatic or in cooking.