Mint is a small green plant, used a lot in flavoring cooking and backing. It grows wild near small streams of running water, but can also easily be grown in a home herb garden. The plant itself is high in vitamins A, C, and B12 and also is a good source of folic acid, thiamine, calcium, copper, fluoride, zinc, selenium, potassium, and iron. That’s a lot of nutrients packed into a little leaf, so what health benefits to they all provide?
1 - Stomach Cramps
Whether from something you ate or a visit from Aunt Flo, mint tea has been used for centuries to help settle upset stomachs. And as the Harvard Medical School has reported, peppermint is effective at relieving irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which includes diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and cramping.
2 - Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins in the lower part of the rectum or anus and it’s not uncommon to develop them during pregnancy. Mint oil, either of the peppermint or spearmint variety, can help relieve the pain they produce.
3 - Sinus Issues and Colds
Mint oil contains menthol, which is great on the sinuses when inhaled. They can also help provide relief from colds and congestion; the oil is found in over the counter cough drops and nasal sprays. But you can get the benefits from a mug of mint tea.
4 - Itchiness
Mint’s antiseptic qualities mean is can help relieve the pain of sunburns, bug bites, and other skin irritants. Just rub a mint based location or cream over the areas.
5 - Muscle aches
Mint oil works well as a rub on sore muscles, again due to the menthol it contains. It makes for a great massage.
6 - Nausea
The smell of mint can be very calming and help deal with nausea when inhaled. The fresher and stronger the smell, the better.
7 - Headaches
Mint's calming nature can also be used to help with relieving headaches. Either a whiff of mint rubbed between the finger or a from a bottle of oil should do the trick. You can also put a dab of oil under your nose.
8 - Asthma
Because mint helps relieves cough and congestion, it can also be a benefit to asthmatics in helping to sooth the effects of an attack.
9 - Bad Breath
It inhibits harmful bacterial growth and freshens breath. There’s also been arguments that the fluoride in mint can help whiten teeth, but there's not much backing for that one.
All in all, mint can help with a lot of things and is a must to have in the house. Even just having mint tea bags will help, as you can smell them and drink them. Plus mint is great to have in your spice rack, it's delicious on roast lamb and mint oil in brownies or hot chocolate is divine.