Mint is one of the ancient plants used by humans more than 2,000 years ago and is also mentioned in the scriptures. Mint has many varieties, including Peppermint , Spearmint , Pineapple mint , Apple mint , Ginger mint , Cat mint , Chocolate mint , Orange mint , Lavender mint , Licorice mint …. . Mint has long been used in cooking, the pharmaceutical industry, and traditional medicine as a fresh and dried mint, peppermint, oil and tea, and peppermint peppers because of its strong aroma and spicy flavor.
Muscular pain: Peppermint leaves have antispasmodic properties and are useful in relaxing muscles to treat and relieve muscle pain.
Stomach and digestive tract: Mint relieves heartburn due to its antispasmodic benefits and increasing digestive fluid flow. Mint aroma activates salivary glands that secretes digestive enzymes and improves digestion, treats indigestion and surfeited stomach .For this reason, in many countries people eat some mint before eating the main meal to digest it better.
Warning: Overusing Mint may increase the symptoms of heartburn, consuming more than 3 or 4 cups of mint tea during the day is not recommended. Never use peppermint oil.
Mint in the form of capsules or herbal Tea and tea is useful for the treatment of nausea. Mint is used as a home remedies for nausea during menstruation or after surgery.
Medicinal properties of mint include treatment of fever in the cold and cooling the body. Mint reduces body temperature and cure fever.
Mouth and tooth
Chewing mint leaf fights against harmful bacteria in the mouth, teeth and tongue and ensures oral health, which is why it is one of main ingredient in toothpaste, mouthwash and other oral hygiene products.
Taste and aroma of fresh mint is useful to eliminate bad breath. Mint tea is used to freshen the mouth and eliminate the bacteria that cause bad breath.
Peppermint also prevents dry mouth by stimulating the production of saliva.
Vitamin C and antioxidants in mint leaves counteract free radicals and prevent a variety of diseases, including cancer.
Eye and vision: Peppermint leaves are a rich source of vitamin A and beta-carotene which are useful for maintaining eye and vision health. Those who are suspected of having disorders such as myopia consume vitamin A that is found in foodstuffs such as mint and carrots.
Stress and anxiety
Mint has a relaxation effect and its flavor is used to relieve stress.
Mint leaves contain high levels of vitamin C, which have a positive effect on the immune system and prevent various diseases.
Mint contains menthol, a special compound commonly used in commercial medicines for the flu. Menthol aroma is effective because of its anti-inflammatory properties to open the respiratory tract and nose.
The antibacterial properties of mint leaves also help cure bacterial infections and soothe bronchitis.
Mint is useful for treating sore throat and Itchy throat. The strong aroma of this plant has a positive effect on the treatment of respiratory disorders caused by asthma and colds and relieves chronic cough.
Depression and fatigue: Mint aroma energizes the body and improves brain function. If you feel tired or depressed most of the time, you can use mint orally or topically.
Eating mint can stimulate and increase fat burning and help to lose weight and treat obesity.
Studies show that people who regularly use mint gum have a better memory and mental alertness than others. Peppermint consumption prevents Alzheimer’s disease.
Some believe that long-term use of menthol may reduce ovulation and infertility in women. Studies also show that men who smoke menthol cigarette are more likely to develop impotence and infertility than others.
But others believe that peppermint is useful for treating infertility. Further research is needed to establish the precise effect of peppermint on male and female infertility or impotence.
Pregnancy and lactation
Mint leaves are effective for treating morning sickness and common nausea in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Breast cracking and nipple pain are common problems during lactation. Use of mint extract is useful for the treatment of cracked nipples and sore nipples in breastfeeding mothers.
If milk is collected in the breast and closed, crush the mint with the barley flour and place it on nipples.
Mint leaves contain vitamin E and D, which are essential for skin care. Mint dislimn dead skin cells and the salicylic acid in it causes the growth and generation of new skin cells. Mint has anti fungal and antibacterial properties and is excellent for relieving skin allergies. You can blend the mint leaf with rose water and apply it on the face and then rinse with water after a few minutes to remove acne and pimple on the skin. Use this mask regularly for better results.
People who suffer from skin tenderness add mint leaves to their diet. Mint tea is also rich in antioxidants that fight various skin problems such as sunburn, skin irritation, wrinkles, premature aging, skin infections and even skin cancer.
Warning: Before topical use of any mask or scalp on the face and other sensitive areas of the body, be sure to test it slightly on a small area of the skin and wait 20 minutes to make sure your skin is non-sensitive.
Increasing hair growth
Mint is a great plant for enhancing the growth and strengthening of the hair, which provides blood to the roots of the hair and ensures the health of the hair.
Control of blood problems
The sedative properties of menthol that is found in mint tea reduce stress and indirectly control blood pressure.
Oral consumption of menthol has also been shown to lower the mean systolic blood pressure in 24 hours.
The aroma and steam of mint at home improves blood circulation and metabolism and increases oxygen supply to the brain. Increased blood circulation and phenolic and antioxidant compounds in peppermint help control type 2 diabetes and prevent cardiovascular disease, cognitive disorders and hyperglycemia.
Studies have also shown that mint tea lowers blood sugar and cholesterol.
Remove excess body hair
Boiled mint reduces the production of testosterone in the body and prevents abnormal hair growth in women by increasing the function of female hormones. Ladies use mint tea twice a day to reduce and remove excess hair on the chest, face and abdomen.
*The higher altitude that herbs are collected from, the better , delicious and “stronger” they are. Greece has 47 mountains with a height of over 2,000m, 105 mountains between 1,500m-2,000m and 155 mountains between 1,000m-1,500m. The mountains below 1,000m have not been counted.
*Although herbs are generally considered safe and offer many benefits, there are also side effects under certain conditions. Some beverages are not recommended in cases such as pregnancies, breastfeeding because of the high levels of volatile compounds they contain. Generally, in cases of serious diseases, consult your doctor and not consider the decoction of the herb as a medicine or a means of treatment.