Minty Hint of the Month - Benefits and Usage Methods
Mint is a herb that people have used for thousands of years to help soothe upset stomach and indigestion. The aromatic herb is easy to grow indoors and outdoors, and can be used to treat a wide range of ailments. Examples of such include gastrointestinal problems, indigestion, IBS, stomach pain, upset stomach, muscle tension, mouth cleanser, and also helps control inflammation.
Using fresh mint leaves from your home grown mint plant is the most ideal way to use this herb on an everyday basis. It can be added to your salads, added to cold water jugs of water, and lemonade in the fridge, made in a
hot herbal infusion drink, or even chewed up after eating onions or garlic to remove bad odors. Interestingly enough, buying a fresh mint plant that keeps on growing, is cheaper than buying a mint bunch from the grocery store, it's a win win situation, if you switch to buying the live plant, you will have a mint garden before you know it.
PSA, always add mint leaves last to the food being prepared, to ensure it gets least exposed to air and heat, in order to prevent oxidation.
Dried Mint Leaves
Dried mint leaves are easy to steep into a herbal infusion. They also double as great italian seasoning to any tomato salad, try it once, and you will be hooked, i promise… The great thing about the dried leaves is they can be stored away in the pantry for use at any point in the year, and they don’t go bad. Plus, there are countless benefits to drinking mint tea like:
Adds nutrients to your diet, with its Nutrient rich nature
Relieves symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Helps in indigestion
Helps improve memory
Mint Essential Oil
Mint essential oil is extracted from the leaves and the buds of the plant, and has an uncanny refreshing scent. It can be rubbed on the skin as a balm, or inhaled as part of aromatherapy. There are several great benefits to using mint essential oil including:
Soothing common cold symptoms when sniffed through the nose, acts as a vapor rub mucus expeller.
Helps open nasal passage if diffused in essential oil diffuser
Reduces headache if rolled onto the forehead when having the symptoms
Lessens pain of breasts while breastfeeding.
Used in Desserts, blended with chocolate, or for candy making, and is DISGUSTING. Don’t recommend… Not kidding… unless you won’t get upset.
Mint Water Distillate
Mint is used in middle eastern traditions to treat digestion problems. After a heavy meal, an espresso shot of mint water does the trick to prevent IBS. Studies have also shown that mint may help reduce the bacteria within the mouth that causes bad breath, due to its antibacterial quality. The menthol in mint water has been shown to help clear nasal passages as well. Its a triple threat, and it's very affordable, unless you live on Mars that is!!
In short, mint is a calming herb that people have used for thousands of years to help soothe an upset stomach. Here are 4 simple hints about mint, that you need to print:
Eating fresh or dried mint leaves freshens your smell, especially after eating onions and garlic.
Inhaling essential oils improves memory and relieves cold symptoms.
Applying it to the skin, helps reduce nipple pain from breastfeeding.
Drinking it as a tea helps with indigestion, and treats IBS.
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