Healing Qualities of Mint

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Healing Qualities of Mint

Mint is a refreshing herb that offers a cool burst of sweet, peppery and menthol flavours that are enjoyable in teas, salads and desserts. Cultivated for thousands of years for its culinary and medicinal benefits, mint has long been used by many diverse cultures for its calming taste and its healing qualities. While there are around 20 different species of mint, peppermint and spearmint are amongst the most common strains used.

Mint is known for its fresh taste that can eradicate bad breath, for its soothing aroma that can reduce stress and for its relieving ability that can ease GI gastrointestinal symptoms. Mint also has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food making it a powerful immune-boosting, anti-aging and anti-cancer treatment. An antioxidant in mint known as rosmarinic acid has also been studied for its powerful detoxing abilities along with its antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory abilities. The remedies mint has been linked to are substantial, and what an enjoyable herb to better your health.

The germicidal qualities mint possess contribute to good oral health by destroying harmful bacteria and by cleansing the mouth. Destroying the mouth’s stinky bacteria will also help rid the mouth of bad breath. Mints sweet menthol flavours and aroma can further leave the mouth feeling refreshed and smelling great. For these reasons, mint is commonly added to dental hygiene products.

The soothing aroma of mint can reduce stress, anxiety and depression and bring about feelings of calm. Mint’s pleasant aroma can also provide relief to respiratory disorders by clearing blockages of the nose, throat, bronchi and lungs with its cool and calming effects. It reduces inflammation and irritation bringing relief to respiratory channels resulting in reduced symptoms and severity of respiratory conditions and allergies.

Mint’s relieving effects can ease GI gastrointestinal symptoms like cramping, nausea, indigestion and inflammation. The aroma of mint encourages healthy digestion by stimulating the salivary glands and by secreting digestive enzymes. The menthol oil produced in mint can also help to bring about relief to upset stomachs as well can be used for morning sickness or as a travel aid for motion sickness.

Balms made with mint or mint oil  can also be used as a treatment to relieve symptoms of headaches and migraines. Rubbing mint oil or a balm on the forehead and into the temples can immediately reduce temperatures and inflammation associated with headaches. Mint oil rubbed into sore muscles can also bring relief to muscular pain.

Try enjoying dried mint steeped in hot water for a tea or fresh mint served in a salad. Either way can provide for a sweet and soothing way to remedy your ailments and to invigorate your day.

Article written by: J. Marshall

References
•    Mercola: Take Control of Your Health / The Power of Peppermint: 21 Health Benefits Revealed: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/14/peppermint-health-benefits.aspx
•    Mercola: Take Control of Your Health / Mint: Learn More About This Refreshing and Invigorating Herb: http://articles.mercola.com/herbs-spices/mint.aspx
•    Dr. Health Benefits .com / Top 22 Health Benefits of Mint Leaves: http://drhealthbenefits.com/herbal/leaves/health-benefits-of-mint-leaves
•    The World’s Healthiest Foods / Peppermint: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=102
•    Health Benefits Times .com /  Health Benefits of Mint: http://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/health-benefits-mint/
•    Medical News Today / Mint: Health Benefits, Uses and Risks; M.W.16-02-2016: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275944.php
•    Botanical Online / Medical Properties of Mint: http://www.botanical-online.com/mint.htm
•    NCBI: US National Library of Medicine Nationals Institutes of Health / Rosmarinic acid: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12482446

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