Mint is a very well-known herb in Ayurveda. It is multipurpose in nature and has numerous medicinal benefits too. Today we will be talking about the health benefits of Mint.
The appearance of Mint herb
Mint is a fragranced spice cum herb, which is dark green in color. It is an erect branched perennial herb with modified stems. The plant is thin, delicate, and bears oval-shaped leaves.
Cultivation and origin of the herb:
It is a very common plant known to all. It is widely grown in Indonesia, West Africa, etc. In India, mint grows widely in the Himalayan plains and Kashmir valley in a number of varieties.
- Botanical name: Minthe spicata
- Indian name- Pudina
Uses of Mint herb:
- Mint is a spice herb, extensively used in Indian cooking. It is also used to prepare a lot of refreshing drinks like mojito, shikanji, mint lemonade, and many more.
- It is used as a topping in dessert items.
- Green chutney, a very refreshing dip is prepared using mint leaves and other herbal leaves.
- Mint leaves are also used in the preparation of the Hyderabadi dish called Biryani.
- An herbal tea called ‘mint tea’, is very useful for those suffering from digestion problems.
- Several products like candies, refreshing gums, inhalers, toothpaste, etc are widely prepared with mint extract.
Food value of Mint:
Mint herb is rich in nutrients like fibers, vitamins, minerals, choline, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, iron and many more. Its calorific value is 48 per 100 gms of edible portion.
Now we shall be talking about the health benefits of Mint herb. You will really be amazed by its health benefits.
Health benefits of Mint herb
1. Treats Voice Hoarseness
If suffering from any kind of throat problems such as hoarseness, mint is a very good remedy. Prepare a decoction of mint leaves and rock salt. Gargle with this solution. It is very good to make your voice thinner, thus a boon for singers.
2. Enhance Digestive power
Mint tea and its leaves are able to cure a number of problems, related to digestion and appetite. If you always feel full, dyspepsia, indigestion, disinterest in food; then mint is going to be your true friend. It will develop an interest in food and will also keep your digestive system fit.
3. Treats Skin disorder
If you are always facing skin problems like pimples, dry skin, acne, and dark spots; then here comes the natural doctor. Take a few leaves of mint, and extract juice from it.
Apply it on the affected area and leave for 15 minutes. After that wash off with lukewarm water. It also treats scabies, itchiness, and other dermal infections.
4. For Oral problems
Mint leaves are very good to cure oral decay, plaque, halitosis, and other oral problems. You just need to chew some leaves of mint daily, The antiseptic properties in it cure all such oral problems and keeps your mouth fresh and odor-free.
5. For respiratory problems
Take a teaspoon of mint juice mixed with honey and vinegar, which is a very good cure for respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, and tuberculosis. It liquifies the sputum and nourishes the lungs.
It also increases the body’s resistance against such problems.
These were some of the very common health benefits of Mint. It is really a miraculous herb if used effectively and thoroughly.
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