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Mint - benefits, uses and tips

It is a good reason why we always see mint candies at hand in shops, receptions or when we were children we received mint candies, they are a popular dessert and can also refresh the breath. Consumed naturally, it also fights indigestion and reduces flatulence and bloating. Mint is not only a digestive dessert, its healing properties are much stronger than you imagine. We have been going crazy over mint ( Mentha spicata with the types: Spearmint, Peppermint, Apple Mint, Corsican Mint, Bowles Mint, Lemon Mint, Variegated Ginger Mint, Curly Mint, Pennyroyal Mint) on our products and you can check them 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.

Intestinal protection

Mint is one of the best herbs for treating digestive problems and abdominal pain. The essential oils contained in mint, especially menthol, relax the smooth edges that line the intestinal tract, helping to relieve cramps. British gastroenterology doctors who spray diluted mint solution on the endoscope - a tool used for colonoscopy - have found that painful spasms go away in less than 30 seconds. The antispasmodic properties of mint make it a natural remedy for soothing irritable bowel syndrome, characterized by the appearance of unpredictable cramps, indigestion and alternative periods of constipation and indigestion. In a study conducted in Taiwan, a significant reduction in bloating and flatulence was observed in patients with irritable bowel syndrome who received capsules of peppermint oil 15-30 minutes before meals. Abdominal pain has decreased or even disappeared in some cases.

Mint is also recommended for:

  • Flatulence. Because mint helps digestion, mint can help prevent flatulence.

  • Gallstones. There is evidence that mint helps dissolve gallstones, thus removing the need for surgery.

  • Feeling nauseous. Mint has a slight anesthetic effect on the gastric mucosal, thus reducing nausea.

  • Gastric ulcer. Mint helps relieve and heal ulcers. (CAUTION! Do not use mint if you have frequent heartburn. Mint can also relax the esophageal sphincter, the muscle ring that prevents strong stomach acids from entering the esophagus.)

  • other uses: sunburn, irritable bowel syndrome, headache, toothache, feet pains, flatulence, nausea, morning sickness in pregnancy, indigestion, unpleasant body odor, insect bites and stings, snoring, peptic ulcer.

Less congestion and pain

Whether you choose to drink mint tea or inhale the fragrant steam, you will see that mint is an effective decongestant for liquidizing mucus and reducing nasal inflammation, it can even reduce the construction of the bronchi and the narrowing of the airways that occur in asthma attacks.

If you frequently suffer from headaches, try dabbing your forehead with a dilated solution in which you put peppermint oil. A small study of 32 patients with headaches found that peppermint oil may be an effective painkiller.

Mint menthol has important calming properties, whether you are a sportsman or playing sports on the weekends, make sure you have a little peppermint oil (or a menthol-based ointment) in your medical kit to use to relieve muscle pain. Because the oil is too strong to be used as such, mix a few drops of neutral carrier oil, such as olive or sunflower oil.

Because it has anesthetic properties, mint is also used to relieve toothache.

Like other essential oils, peppermint oil kills certain viruses and bacteria, add a few drops of peppermint oil in a cup of water to prepare a mentholated, disinfectant mouthwash.

Tea time

Most people are delighted with the fragrance and comforting taste of peppermint tea, consuming a cup or two daily helps prevent digestive disorders.

You can also take between meals, mint in the form of capsules with enteric protection (these capsules pass through the stomach and are broken down in the intestine), or you can add 10-20 drops of mint tincture - which is less powerful than oil mint - in a glass of water, which you can drink when you want, if you do not have mint leaves at hand.

*This article has no intention in advising to treat or cure any illness nor has any intention to persuade readers into taking any action following the facts in the article.

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