Green leaves, strong smell, fresh taste… Mint is a perennial and resistant aromatic herb, which grows and develops easily if cultivated in the garden or in a pot to always have its fresh and fragrant leaves at hand. Let’s discover together its properties and the mint use in different facets through this article.
Is mint safe? Its properties
Because of the active ingredients contained in mint, it has healing and disinfectants properties. Mint is significant in case of gastro-intestinal disorders, helps the functioning of the liver and promotes digestion. Contains menthol, vitamin C, antibiotic substances, limonene and iso-valerate.
Mint, in the form of tea or herbal preparations, can be of help in case of diarrhoea and gastric disorders. Mint use can assist in the treatment of disorders such as cough and cold, due to its sedative and spasmodic properties. The menthol it contains is considered a vasodilator for the nasal mucosa. The use of products and preparations containing mint and menthol could interfere with homeopathic care. It is advisable to consult your doctor about this.
For their herbal use, the flowers and mint leaves are harvested between July and August and left to dry in the open air. They are mainly used for the preparation of herbal teas. How to make mint tea? Thanks to the infusion of leaves in boiling water, calculating to use two teaspoons of dried mint for each cup of infusion, to be left to rest for fifteen minutes before filtering and drinking. More or less 500 millilitres of mint tea can be consumed per day.
Is mint tea good for you? The mint tea, for its menthol content, is recommended for its digestive and toning properties. Mint use can help to relax the muscles of the intestine and to promote the secretion of bile and the digestion processes of food through the digestive system. The intake of mint tea is not recommended in the evening hours, as it could disturb sleep, leading to episodes of insomnia.
Another mint use is that of the mouthwash. A mint mouthwash to cool the breath and with an antiseptic action for the oral cavity can be prepared by leaving in infusion for ten minutes in 200 millilitres of boiling water a teaspoon of dried mint leaves. The infusion obtained should be filtered and allowed to cool before being used as mouthwash.
Essential oil of mint
Mint use is also famous for the creation of essential oil. It is recommended to make fumigations in case of cold and it is sufficient to pour a few drops in a liter of boiling water, of which you need to breathe the vapours that will be released.
Essential mint oil should not be applied to the skin of children, but can be used in very dilute form in the preparation of cosmetics or massage oils intended for adults. It is used for the preparation of herbal remedies to combat rheumatism. It can finally be used diluted in vegetable oil to make relaxing and anti-stress massages on the temples and neck.
Mint in the kitchen
Mint is present in both fresh and dried cuisine as an aromatic herb to be used to flavour dishes. It is excellent as a dressing for salads, vegetables, legumes and cereals.
The dried mint leaves can be used together with lemon juice or zest to create an aromatic summer drink, simply preparing an herbal tea that will then be left to cool. Rubbing fresh mint leaves on the fingers can help to eliminate any unpleasant odours left on the fingers by garlic or onion.
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