Many people reach for mints at the first sign of tummy troubles, and for good reason. Mint is well-known for its stomach-soothing properties thanks to the presence of a compound in peppermint oil called menthol, which helps relax the muscles in the digestive tract to provide relief.
Studies show that mint may be especially beneficial for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or symptoms like abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, bloating and cramps.
Flip over just about any over-the-counter cold or flu medicine and you’ll likely spot “menthol” on the list of ingredients. All mint plants are helpful for the symptoms of flu, coughs and cold, as well as congested air flow, asthma, mucus and sinusitis, as well as headaches.
Popping a few mints or a stick of mint-flavored gum is a well-known natural remedy to freshen up bad breath, but did you know that it could also help promote oral hygiene as well?
One of the main benefits of peppermint tea is its powerful antimicrobial properties, which can help kill off bacteria to optimize oral hygiene. Brew up a cup or two of peppermint tea using mint leaves, and pair it with proper oral hygiene practices to keep your mouth healthy and fresh.
Interestingly enough, some research shows that even the mere smell of mint could be enough to bump up brain power and improve cognitive function. One study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, for example, showed that the aroma of mint was able to enhance memory and increase alertness. Similarly, another study published in the North American Journal of Psychology also showed that mint scent was effective at reducing fatigue and anxiety while improving alertness, thanks to its ability to stimulate the central nervous system.
Some studies have found that mint tea benefits polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition in women that is characterized by excess levels of male hormones. This is because it has anti-androgen effects, helping to reduce testosterone levels to keep hormone levels in balance.
Also known as dyspepsia, indigestion is defined as impaired digestion, resulting in recurrent symptoms like heartburn, nausea, belching and abdominal pain. Studies have found that mint speeds up the emptying of the stomach, which could protect against indigestion to prevent symptoms.
Also known as wild mint, horse mint(Mentha longifolia L.) is an herbal plant that contains various medicinal properties. Horse mint is an herbal plant that belongs to the large mint family known as Lamiaceae, which has about 250 genera and 6,700 species, which include many popular herbs and garden plants such as lavender, sage, basil, rosemary, and mint.
The word “mint” stems from the Latin word mentha. In Greek, the word “minthe” is rooted in Greek mythology. According to Greek legend, Minthe was a nymph whom Hades fell in love with. When his wife, Persephone, found out, she turned Minthe into a plant to be constantly crushed and stepped on. When Hades was unable to reverse the spell, he instead gave her a delicious mint-like aroma so that he could still smell her.
Mint is thought to have originated in Asia and the Mediterranean. Ancient Greeks used mint as a cleaning product and added it to their baths to provide a cooling and stimulating sensation. Meanwhile, Romans used the herb for culinary purposes and took advantage of its breath-freshening properties as well. Throughout history, many cultures have viewed mint as a symbol for hospitality and a way to welcome guests.
Today, the mint leaf is appreciated for much more than its distinct flavor and aroma. It’s recognized for its medicinal properties, extensive nutrient profile and powerful effects on health.
Precaution: Although no records of toxicity have been seen for this species, large quantities of some members of this genus, especially when taken in the form of the extracted essential oil, can cause abortions so some caution is advised.
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