Mint has long been grown in many places around the world, from Europe to the Middle East to India, and this herb has been enjoyed for its medicinal, aromatic and culinary properties alike.
Mint is an herb with a very long history indeed, and it is even celebrated in a famous Greek myth in which a nymph named Minthe was turned into a plant by Persephone, who was jealous of Minthe’s relationship with her husband Pluto. While Pluto was unable to reverse the spell cast by his wife, he did provide Minthe with a sweet smell, and it is this sweet aroma that makes mint so attractive today.
This wonderful aroma has long made mint a favorite herb for use in the home, and societies from the Middle East to Europe and India have long stewed mint to clear the air in their homes and in their temples. In addition, mint has traditionally been used as a symbol of welcome and hospitality. In ancient Greece, it was customary to rub mint leaves on the dining table as a welcome to guests, and Middle Eastern societies have long welcomed their guests with fresh mint tea.
Major benefits of mint
Mint is an herb with a long history in the world of traditional medicine, and mint has long been used to soothe digestion and to reduce stomachaches and similar problems.
Mint leaves and mint teas have been shown to reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive problems. The instance of irritable bowel syndrome and similar conditions are on the rise, and mint remains one of the most effective ways to treat this common condition.
In addition, mint has been shown to be quite effective at reducing the growth of many types of harmful bacteria and fungi. These antibacterial and antifungal properties of mint are the subject of much ongoing research. In addition, mint is thought to have the ability to reduce the symptoms of asthma and allergies as well.
Mint may even provide important anticancer benefits. Like many other superfoods, mint is thought to provide important protection against many common forms of cancer. Mint is known to contain an important phytonutrient known as perillyl alcohol, a compound that has been shown in animal studies to protect against the formation of colon, skin and lung cancer. While additional research still needs to be done, the results so far look quite promising.
Mint has also been shown to provide beneficial effects for those suffering from asthma. This effect is thought to be due to the presence of rosmarinic acid found in mint. In addition to the ability to neutralize free radicals, this valuable compound has been found to block the production of certain inflammatory chemicals such as leukotrienes. This blocking of leukotrienes is thought to provide protection against asthma attacks. In addition, mint has been shown to have a positive impact on allergies and similar conditions.
Mint can be used in many ways, but one of the most popular ways to use it is in a tea. To make a good mint tea, one or two teaspoons of dried mint leaves are used, and hot, but not boiling water is poured over those leaves. The mixture must then be covered to prevent the valuable volatile oils from evaporating. The mixture is allowed to steep for ten minutes, and then drained as used as a delicious and therapeutic tea. This mint tea is often used to treat stomachaches and other common stomach problems. When drinking mint tea for stomach ailments, the recommended dosage is three to four cups of tea per day.
In addition to being used as a tea, mint can also be used in capsule form. There are many enteric-coated capsules that are made with fresh mint leaves, and these enteric capsules can be a good choice for those who suffer from nausea and similar conditions. Both the tea and the capsules work well, and the choice is entirely up to you.
Originally posted 2019-10-16 12:17:48.