Saturday, April 21, 2012

MINT: Part 1

Let me start by saying that I'm not sure where this need for mint-in-everything-that-I-eat is coming from. It may be that I just figured out that I really like it, or it may be that my body needs it and is telling me by making me want to put it in everything.

And the best part is.... it can literally be put in everything!

And it grows like a weed so running out is not a problem if you plant a pot of it. Mint is one of the few things that you actually should put in a pot because it keeps it contained and from taking over your garden.

Health & Nutrition Benefits of Eating Mint 
  • Dried mint leaves, boiled in water, form a strong concoction that helps in soothing the digestive tract and easing the severity of stomachaches.
  • Drinking herbal mint tea reduces irritated bowel syndromes and cleanses the stomach.
  • Mint is a strong diuretic and therefore, helps in eliminating toxins from the body.
  • When included in the diet on a regular basis, mint reduces the growth of bacteria and fungus in the body.
  • The anti-fungal properties associated with mint help in curing asthma and other allergic conditions.
  • Crushed mint leaves helps in whitening teeth.
  • Mint helps in getting rid of headaches and migraines.
  • Inhaling mint gives relief from congestion problems, like sinus infections and common cold.
  • Inhaling essential oil of mint provides a sense of calm and thus, helps one relax the mind.
  • Menthol present in mint makes it an important component of many medicines and drugs.
  • Mint has antipruritic or anti-itch properties. When added with camphor, it helps to cure insect stings and bites.
  • Various researches indicate mint as having anti-cancer properties. The phytonutrient, called perillyl alcohol, in mint is believed to prevent colon, skin and lung cancer. (Source)

What are your feelings about mint? 

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know that there could be so many health benefits of eating mint leaves. After reading your blog I'm definitely going to try mint tea for my morning breakfast. I hope you share more such information in the future as well.



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