Surprising Health Benefits of Mint
Written By: Rabia Sohail
Government college women university Faisalabad
Mint, also known as menthe, is a highly aromatic and freshening herb widely used for culinary purposes and in creams, toothpastes, chewing gums and candies. Stay away from indigestion and gas: It is a calming and smoothing herb that has been used for thousand of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion. It helpsto speed and ease digestion.
Skin: When applied topically in oil, ointment or lotion, mint has the effect of calming and cooling skin affected by insects bites, rash or other reactions .Gives you glowing and acne free skin:Mint has a unique property that soothes and calms itchy and infected skin. The strong antioxidants present in mint leaves makes the skin with a natural glow and rehydrate dull and dry skin.
Prevent pimples and blackheads: Mint has a high content of salicylic acid which helps prevent pimples, blemishes and even help get rids of blackheads. May mask bad breath: It kill bacteria in the mouth preventing tooth decay, beats bad breath and keeps your tongue and teeth clean naturally. Just chew on a few leaves on mint regularly to keep dental diseases at bay.
Helps relieve cough and cold: Mint has very strong smell that open up nasal passages and airways to allow relaxed breathing. If you are suffering from cough add a drop of mint extract to warm water and inhale its fumes through the mouth and push out the steam through your nose. This way mint extracts asses through your throat and nose relieving both.
Prevent infections and inflammation: Mint leaves are packed with nutrients such as calcium, phosphorous, vitamin C, D, E and small amounts of vitamin B complex. All these compounds put together improves the body immune system, keeping it safe from infections and inflammation.
Helps fight cancer: Mint has a potent photochemical that can prevent various types of cancer. It helps in preventing skin cancer, colon cancer and lung cancer.
Mint leaves can be included in daily diet or once or twice in week. You can easily add mint to green salads, desserts, smoothies and even water. It can be included in the diet as stuffed paratha, chutney, sambhar or refreshing drink. Peppermint tea is another popular way to incorporate it into your diet.
Health benefits of mint did not involve eating the leaves with food. Instead mint was taken as capsule, applied to the skin or inhaled via aromatherapy.