Mint is an herb that grows in all parts of the world, but like most medicinal plants, it originated in the Mediterranean region and it was the Roman Empire that was in charge of transporting mint to various places, then to spread everywhere. itself, thanks to its various properties, has become a very popular herb.
The mint plant spreads quickly throughout the field thanks to its branching stems that can grow to over half a meter.
Its flowers are purple or white and bloom as mint evolves during its growing season.
There are around 25 species in the mint group, which include oregano, rosemary, thyme, and spearmint, and the characteristic that all of these species share is their strong aroma which is released when ground, which is really due to its essential oil content.
Properties of mint.
The complete composition of mint makes it a plant with healthy properties that are relevant to our body, especially for the respiratory and digestive systems.
In fact, only its aroma has the quality of refreshing the respiratory tract and, consequently, of stimulating the appetite.
When it comes to the respiratory system, flu and other ailments related to the respiratory tract, it is good to consume mint because:
It contains ascorbic acid which facilitates the expulsion of mucus on a large scale.
In cases of illnesses such as asthma or other conditions that result in coughing episodes, tinol, which is an organic compound found in peppermint, acts as an effective natural cough suppressant.
Benefits of mint.
- Mint leaves have components that are beneficial for the heart and generally the rest of the cardiovascular system, contributing to good blood circulation.
- This herb is commonly used because of its properties to treat colic, nausea, and even to regulate vomiting.
- Mint leaves can help relieve headaches and dizziness.
- Mint contains large amounts of minerals and vitamins, mainly in its leaves, and these contain properties that are of great importance in the digestive process.
- One of the most popular properties of peppermint is due to its high menthol content, which helps clear the airways.
- The menthol in peppermint leaves also works to help with muscle pain.
- Mint leaves contain antiseptic properties which are helpful in freshening breath and killing the bacteria that cause it.
Uses of mint.
Its use is very simple, just place 4 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint leaves in four cups of boiling water. Let cool, strain and store in the refrigerator.
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 to put a few drops of homemade peppermint essential oil on a sponge, leaving it on the shower or tub floor while bathing. and take a shower with hot water.
When the steam from the shower meets peppermint oil, you will feel relief. This remedy can also help improve bronchitis.
Remember to check with your doctor before using any drug treatment.