The Benefits of Mint
More than just a way to keep your breath fresh, mint has many other health benefits. Try it in smoothies, yogurt, tea, as a mask or freeze it in ice cube trays for adding flavor to your drinks.
THE MANY BENEFITS OF MINT
- Helps with digestion: Menthol, the active oil in the mint, has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help relieve indigestion and also soothe an upset stomach.
- Helps with asthma: Mint has many anti-inflammatory properties. A small bit of it is a good relaxant and relieves congestion. Don't overdo it though, too much of anything is not good.
- Helps with common cold: Mint can clear congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi, and lungs and also relieve the irritation caused by chronic coughing.
- Helps with headaches: Mint is a fairly strong adaptogenic herb (big word for non-toxic plants that help the body resist stressors) The fresh aroma of mint or balm rubbed on the forehead may help relieve headache symptoms
- Helps with bad breath: The germicidal properties help freshen breath, inhibit bacterial growth inside the mouth, and cleanses plaque deposition on teeth.
- Helps with weight loss: Mint stimulates digestive enzymes that help you absorb nutrients from food. This leads to better metabolism and a faster metabolism aids in weight loss.
- Helps your brain: There are studies that say consuming mint may increase alertness, retention, and cognitive functions like improved memory retention.
- Helps with acne: Along with the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, mint has a high content of salicylic acid and antioxidants, making it an excellent cleanser or mask.
- Helps with nausea: Eating or smelling a few leaves can ease the symptoms of nausea or morning sickness
- Helps with depression:Mint has adaptogenic properties that regulate cortisol levels and boost the body's natural resilience to stress. Adaptogens help balance the body in whatever way is needed. By breathing in the aroma of mint, your mind is instantly calmed. According to studies, it also helps release small amount of serotonin in the brain that may help beat depression
Linda Fritz (Author)