Mint, otherwise known as mentha cordifolia, belongs to a large botanic family with more than 30 species known as the Lamiaceae or Labiatae family of flowering plants. The most well known of these are the spearmint and peppermint plants. This common herb has been used by many cultures for centuries due to its curative effects, refreshing flavor and uplifting aroma. No other herb hints at spring quite like it, with its bright green leaves and its light, fresh scent. Mint tends to have a sweet flavor with a cool aftertaste due to the highly concentrated oil of menthol contained within its DNA. India and countries in the Middle East and Europe use mint in recipes for its distinct fragrance and flavor, but also to add a dash of color and artistic garnish to many dishes. Use it fresh or dried in stuffings, soups, salads, fruit salads and juices. It typically goes well in lemonades, teas and other cocktails. The essence of mint also is used to make many products such as breath fresheners, chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, detergents and more.
Contains Vitamins Essential for Epidermal Health
Not only does mint contain lots of fiber, it also has much of the recommended daily allowance of folate (a water-soluble B vitamin). Mint also contains a good amount of vitamins A and C. This makes it an effective ingredient for skin care products that can prevent or treat rashes, acne or skin infections.
Possesses Minerals Necessary for Overall Health
Mint has ample amounts of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc, which strengthens your bones and supports many of your body’s metabolic processes.
Ensures a Healthy Digestive System
Mint is very effective in calming the stomach. Mint’s fragrance and aroma stimulates the saliva glands, which are responsible for manufacturing digestive enzymes. This stimulation, in turn, aids the digestion process. Indigestion may be aided by steeping some mint leaves in boiled water and drinking the tea.
Eliminates Bad Breath
Special phytochemicals found in the mint herb work hard to combat germs and slow down the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Because of this, eating mint regularly will help eliminate toxins from the body and purify the blood. Crushing the leaves before consuming them will get rid of bad breath.
Calms Abdominal Pain and Nausea
The cool sensation of mint consumption feels good to the digestive tract and eases pain in that area, especially when steeped in warm water to create a curative tea. The powerful minty aroma is a potent natural cure that treats nausea simply by the sensation of smell.
Combats Respiratory Disorders and Reduces Headaches
The minty aroma works well to relieve respiratory congestion because the phytonutrients in this herb open up the passages in the nose, throat and lungs. Consuming it on a regular basis will boost your immune system and possibly work to tackle a lingering cough. Applying mint on the skin will help reduce the discomfort of headaches.
Essential Oil of Mint Relieves Muscle Pain
It’s no wonder the world at large uses Bengay to soothe muscle pain. Mint oil is one of the main ingredients in Bengay. It’s the menthol flavors and cooling properties of this herb that calms throbbing muscles.
Incorporate Mint into Your Diet with Recipes from Mimi’s Organic Corner
Because I love organic food and pursue an eco-friendly lifestyle, I suggest using certified organic ingredients to maximize flavors and nutrition while minimizing your risk of exposure to pesticides, chemicals and preservatives.
Mint Lavender Tea
Steep a handful of mint leaves along with lavender leaves in boiling water. Add honey, stir and enjoy!
Tropical Minty Smoothie
Blend one frozen banana, one cup of frozen red grapes, one cup of watermelon, one bunch of organic spinach or lettuce, one tablespoon of ground flax seeds and a bunch of mint leaves with water until smooth. Bottoms up!
Mixed Greens and Herb Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
A bowl of greens takes on a whole new personality with the addition of fresh mint leaves and other herbs such as cilantro and basil. Drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar and hemp oil for added nutrients and flavor.
Add to Veggie Pasta Marinara
Using fresh mint leaves atop veggie pasta marinara will undoubtedly liven it up and give it refreshing kick.
Mediterranean Bean and Salty Cheese Spread
Boil white beans, mix with roasted garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, cumin, coarsely chopped mint leaves and feta (optional). Stir for desired texture. Best served with flat bread.