I started telling you here how amazing mint is, you all loved it so now I have made a handy list of all the ways you can use mint.
Clogged sinuses - Bring a pot of water to boil, turn off heat, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil, then lean over the pot, drape a towel over your head, and breathe in the minty steam. Bonus: This also acts as a cleansing and stimulating facial!
Sunburn - Brew a mug full of strong peppermint tea (fresh springs work best) and refrigerate for several hours. Gently apply the mixture to the sunburn with a cotton pad. A great follow up to this is to rub some fresh aloe gel from the plant to further soothe and moisturize the area.
Mint could also helps your brain power. According to various studies, consuming mint may up alertness, retention, and cognitive functions. One of the studies also tied effects of mint consumption with better memory retention.
Mint is a traditional remedy for treating acne and pimples. It has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which work wonders on acne prone skin. Mint leaves contain a high content of salicylic acid, which is excellent in combating acne action too. The juice obtained from mint works as an effective skin cleanser. The high quantum of antioxidants also help prevent free radical activity, giving you clearers and youthful skin. You can use mint in the form of face masks as well. Combine crushed mint leaves and honey. Apply on your skin and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Our mint infused products are here: antibacterial mint soap with real mint leaves, mint gift set - with fresh mint handmade soap, patchouli bath bomb and dead sea fresh lime bath crystals, forest mint and cypress bath bomb, and organic mint lip balm.
Nausea. Mint is an excellent remedy to treat nausea. It is also effective for treating nausea that happens in morning sickness.
Insect replant - Mix distilled water with 2 tablespoons of witch hazel and about 12 drops of peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle to make a handy insect repellent for humans or animals.
Beverage enhancer - Sprigs of mint bring added refreshment to beverages like water, iced tea, lemonade, and cocktails. For best taste, let it sit and steep in the chosen liquid for about 30 minutes.
Headaches. The strong and refreshing aroma of mint could help ease headaches. Balms with a mint base or basic mint oil, when rubbed on the forehead and nose, are effective in curing headaches and nausea. This is the best headache remedy I have found so far, although I was skeptical, it works a treat.
Oral Care. Chewing on mint tablets or mint leaves could help freshen your breath instantly due to the presence of germicidal properties. It also does wonders for our overall oral health. It inhibits bacterial growth inside the mouth, and cleanses the plaque deposition on teeth. This is the very reason why so many of the toothpastes in the market also come in mint base.
Consumption of mint has also been linked with bringing in soothing effect for asthmatic patients. Mint is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. It is a good relaxant and relieves congestion.
Flea deterrent - Keep pets flea free with a pillow or satchel of mint in their bed or favorite resting places: 2 parts fresh spearmint, 1 part fresh thyme, and 1 part fresh wormwood.
For upset stomach - Make a hot cup of peppermint tea which will help calm the digestive tract and alleviate indigestion, nausea, gas, and cramps.
Bug attraction - Mint attracts "good bugs" for your garden like bees and other pollinators when planted outside.
Weight loss. Mint could also play its own sweet role in weight loss, and the reason is tied with its much famed digestive properties. Mint stimulates digestive enzymes, which help facilitate better absorption of nutrients from food. When the body is able to assimilate and absorb nutrients properly, there is better metabolism. A faster metabolism aids weight loss.
Mint is an essential part of aromatherapy. It's strong and refreshing smell could help beat stress and rejuvenate mind. Mint regulates cortisol levels and boost the body's natural resilience to stress. By breathing in the aroma of mint, your mind is instantly calmed. According to studies, it also helps release small amount of serotonin in the brain that may help beat depression. You can add mint to your tea, use mint extract on a vaporizer or draw yourself a mint bath for immediate relief.
Muscle spasms - Gently massage a few drops of peppermint essential oil on the area where the muscle spasm is happening.
Minty Desserts - Mix 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh mint into cookie dough, cake batter, or blend with ice cream to make some delicious deserts even more delicious.
Aching feet - Make a healing foot scrub from 1 cup sea salt, 1/3 cup olive oil, and 6 drops peppermint essential oil. Scrub feet and rinse.
Floor and furniture cleaner - Dilute a cup of white vinegar in a gallon of water and add 3-5 drops of mint essential oil to make a natural cleaning solution that works on wood, concrete, or tile.
Veggie Seasoning. Add fresh mint (chopped or on the sprig) to veggies during the last two minutes of cooking to add a fresh twist of flavor.
Hiccups - Pour a glass of lukewarm water then add a couple squeezes of fresh lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a few mint leaves and drink it slowly and evenly.
Treats Common Cold .Struggling with nasty cold and finding it difficult to focus and breathe? Try mint. Yes, there is a reason why your vapo-rubs and inhalers are often available in mint. Mint is known to clear congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi, and lungs. In addition to the respiratory channels, mint's anti-inflammatory properties also relieve the irritation caused by chronic coughing.
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