Wonders of Mint
Mint is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years for its remarkable medicinal properties. There are many varieties of mint including the most popular ones..peppermint and spearmint. Mint is fragrant and easy to grow in your garden or a simple flower pot. It is best known as a mouth and breath freshener or a garnish for our favorite summer beverage. Most of us are familiar with the refreshing taste of mint but it has far more to offer.
Mint is rich in Carotenes and Vitamin C. Carotenes are nutrients that give plants their characteristic colors and are antioxidant precursors to Vitamin A. The best known is Beta Carotene, which has been shown to be beneficial in certain conditions such as eye health and cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C is best known for its benefits to the immune system and in the growth and repair of tissue. Mint is also a good source of several essential minerals including magnesium, copper, iron, potassium, and calcium. Magnesium and calcium are both important minerals for bone health and iron is a very important mineral for healthy blood.
There are many health benefits to Mint…here are a few:
Digestion – It soothes your stomach in cases of indigestion or inflammation. When you feel sick to your stomach, drinking a cup of mint tea can give you relief from nausea.
Headache – Mint is naturally soothing so it can alleviate the inflammation that is often associated with headaches and migraines. Balms with a mint base or basic mint oil, when rubbed on the forehead and nose can give quick relief.
Cough – As mint cools and soothes the throat and it relieves the irritation which causes chronic coughing. This is the main reason why so many cold and cough remedies are mint based.
Fatigue – Mint is a natural stimulant, and the smell alone can be enough to charge your batteries and get you going.
Weight Loss – Mint also stimulates the digestive enzymes that absorb nutrients from food and consume fat turning it into usable energy. By adding mint to your diet, you are increasing the amount of fat that is being consumed and put to use rather than it being stored.
Oral Hygiene – Improving the health of your mouth is a well known benefit of mint. It has germicidal properties and quickly freshens breath. It also inhibits harmful bacteria from growing inside your mouth.
Fever – Opposite of its traditional cooling and soothing effects…if consumed while you have a fever.. it induces sweating helping break the fever and speeding up your recovery.
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