Mad for Mint

Go mad for mint and its refreshing goodness.

You may think of mint as an ordinary herb that is sprinkled on some dishes but mint leaves are far more than just a garnish. Sauces, drinks, toothpaste and candy — even body balms sometimes have a hint of mint in them! Here’s where you can discover some of the wonderful inherent qualities of this humble herb.

  • Types of mint include peppermint, pennyroyal, garden mint, horse mint and spearmint. Peppermint and spearmint are the most commonly cultivated types of mint.
  • Rosmarinic acid, an antioxidant in mint plants, has anti-inflammatory properties, which has shown promise in treating seasonal allergy symptoms.
  • Menthol, made from mint essential oil, is a natural decongestant that helps to clear airways.
  • Mint belongs to the same family of aromatic herbs as basil, rosemary, sage and oregano.
  • Spearmint is a natural insect repellent that is effective against fleas, moths, ants, beetles and sometimes even rodents.
  • Catnip, commonly known as catmint, contains nepetalactone, which attracts not just domestic cats but big cats like as tigers, leopards and lynxes too!
  • Mint was used in ancient Greecian funeral rites, not just to cover unpleasant smells, but also in their religious practices.
  • Applying a bit of mint in the form of oil, ointment or lotion onto your skin can calm irritation from insect bites or rashes. However, please exercise caution if you have sensitive skin as it might cause an adverse effect.
  • Bored with the bland taste of plain water? Grab a handful of mint, bruise the leaves in your hands, put it into a container and top it off with iced water. A perfect ‘cool-down’ for a scorching hot day!

 

References: Medical News Today

 

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