The history of using mint is probably as old as the history of mankind. Mint leaves have been used as herbs for many years. They are popular in many parts of the world. Besides, being used as a herb, mint is used in juices, food, skin and hair products. It’s known to have a cooling sensation. Plant species such as peppermint and spearmint fall under the name mint. Mint is a powerhouse of antioxidants which gives it a variety of health benefits.
Mint aids in digestion. It aids in the secretion of digestive enzymes. If you’re suffering from indigestion, it helps in soothing the stomach. It’s also useful in dealing with diarrhoea. For patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), studies of over 700 patients show that peppermint oil helps with the disorder. The menthol compound in mint has a relaxing effect on the muscles of the digestive tract.
- Oral care
Many dental products have mint and with good reason. It ensures fresh breath since it has germicidal qualities. While rubbed directly on the gums and teeth, it helps in getting rid of dangerous growths in the mouth.
Sore and cracked nipples cause pain and discomfort in breastfeeding mums. A commonly recommended remedy is applying breast milk on the cracks and nipple. However, a study conducted using peppermint water shows that it’s is more effective than applying breast milk. The menthol component in mint helps in the reduction of pain and the severity of the cracks.
- Brain function
Another benefit of mint is improved brain function. Studies show that inhaling the aroma improved memory significantly. An experiment conducted on young people showed that the plant improves memory significantly. Additionally, it also increases focus and decreases the levels of anxiety.
- Common cold
Menthol helps alleviate common cold symptoms. It breaks up phlegm and making it less viscous and easier to expel. It is, however, important to note that the American Lung Association does not advocate for the use of menthol to manage common cold symptoms. Nonetheless, many people find menthol very useful in managing common colds in both children and adults.
- Morning sickness or nausea
If you are experiencing morning sickness or nausea, mint is a good solution. Inhaling its scent or chewing the leaves can help in the reduction of the nauseous feeling. This is a good remedy for pregnant women struggling with morning sickness. Mint will get you through the phase.
- General health
Mint has very high antioxidant capacities. Antioxidants help in the protection of the body against cell damage caused by free radicals. It’s rich in vitamin A, iron, manganese, folate, and fibre. These nutrients such as vitamin A are beneficial for eye health. Typically, people add the leaves in drinks and food in small amounts so it is difficult to harness all the benefits. However, since some salads have a number of mint leaves a person can consume a higher number of the nutrients in the plant.
8. It may aid women with hormone imbalances.
For women with hormone imbalances, spearmint tea may be a great option for a tea to try. Studies have shown that it can decrease male hormones like testosterone while increasing female hormones necessary for ovulation.
9. May Reduce Facial Hair in Women
Starting to grow coarse, dark hair on your face, chest or abdomen? Drinking spearmint tea may help to reduce hirsutism. High levels of male hormones, or androgens, are linked to an overgrowth of facial hair in women.