Mint is an herb that grows in all parts of the world, but like most medicinal plants, it has its origin in the Mediterranean region and it was the Roman Empire that was responsible for transporting mint to various places and then spreading throughout itself, thanks to its various properties, has become a very popular herb.
The mint plant spreads quickly throughout the land thanks to its branched stems that can grow to over half a meter.
Its flowers are purple or white and bloom as mint evolves in its growing season.
There are approximately 25 species in the mint group, which include oregano, rosemary, thyme, spearmint, and the characteristic shared by all these species is their strong aroma that is released when they are ground, which is really due to its content in essential oils.
Properties of Mint.
The complete composition of mint makes it a plant with relevant healthy properties for our body, especially for the respiratory and digestive systems.
In fact, only its aroma has the quality of refreshing the respiratory tract and, as a result, stimulating the appetite.
With regard to the respiratory system, flu and other conditions related to the respiratory tract, it is good to consume mint because:
It contains ascorbic acid that facilitates the expulsion of mucus on a large scale.
In cases of diseases such as asthma or other conditions that lead to coughing episodes, tinol, which is an organic compound contained in peppermint, acts as an effective natural antitussive.
Benefits of Mint.
- Mint leaves have beneficial components for the heart and generally the rest of the cardiovascular system, contributing to proper blood circulation.
- This plant is commonly used due to its properties to treat colic, nausea and even to regulate vomiting.
- Mint leaves can help improve headaches and dizziness.
- Mint contains large amounts of minerals and vitamins, mainly in its leaves, and these contain properties that are of great relevance in the digestive process.
- One of the most popular properties of peppermint is due to its high menthol content, which helps to clear the airways.
- The menthol that peppermint leaves contain also works to combat muscle aches.
- Peppermint leaves contain antiseptic properties that are helpful in freshening the breath, killing the bacteria that cause it.
Uses of Mint.
Its use is very simple, simply place 4 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves cut in four cups of boiling water. Let it cool, strain it and keep it in the fridge.
This liquid is used as a homemade mouthwash to fight bad breath.
If you have the flu, a good way to try to decongest your nose is by placing a few drops of homemade peppermint essential oil on a sponge, leaving it on the floor of the shower or bathtub at bath time, and showering with hot water.
When the steam from the shower meets the peppermint oil, you will feel the relief. This remedy can also work to improve bronchitis.
Remember to check with your doctor before using any medicinal treatment.