Properties of mintand contraindications. From herbal teas to refreshing drinks, how to make the most of the benefits of peppermint.
The properties of mint have been known since ancient times, the Chinese used it for the treatment of coughs and colds or as a tonic and digestive.
There mint contains water, fiber, proteins, carbohydrates and minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, sodium and phosphorus. There is also a high percentage of amino acids: arginine, aspartic acid, gluttamic acid, alanine, leucine, glycine, proline, serine and valine. Also noteworthy is the moderate presence of vitamins of groups A, B, C and D.
Leaves and flowers are used
The leaves that are harvested in June and the flowers available at the end of July are used for the mint. Mint can also be grown in the home garden. It is a rustic plant that is easy to grow and requires little care. For all the info:how to grow mint.
Before dwelling on theproperties of mint, let's analyze the uses and the different uses. From the most concentrated herbal teas to recipes in the kitchen.
Mint herbal tea
The herbal tea with mint they represent a real natural cure-all thanks to them property digestive and toning.
According to experts, they promote digestion, counteract sore throats by blocking the formation of microbes in the bud.
Important recommendation: do not take the herbal tea to the mind during the evening hours as its stimulating effect could disturb sleep and cause insomnia.
ORessential lio of mint
In case of a cold, the essential oil of mint is effective: just pour a few drops into a liter of boiling water and breathe in the vapors. Mint essential oil is also used for relaxing and anti-stress massages.
Note: mint essential oil should not be used pure but always diluted with an almond oil or another vegetable oil. 3 drops of mint essential oil for each tablespoon of carrier oil (any vegetable oil) used are enough to prepare an anti-cellulite massage ointment or a natural skin tonic.
There is also a food version. Mint essential oil for internal use should be used in moderation and is especially contraindicated in pregnancy.
How to use mint in the kitchen
Both dried and fresh, the mint it is used in the kitchen as a spice to flavor meat and fish dishes.
It is also excellent with salads, vegetables, legumes and cereals. Grilled zucchini goes perfectly with a few mint leaves. It can be used in cooking in the preparation of roasted salmon flavored with a mint vinegrette. Still, a marinade with vinegar and mint or citrus and mint juice can be useful for different courses of meat or fish.
The use of mint to flavor water is excellent, so why not prepare one refreshing mint drink. If desired, we can prepare an aromatic mint-based drink: just take the dried leaves and pour them into the lemon juice, let it macerate for 48 hours and finally filter.
Mint-flavored water can be used to make tea. Alternatively, a few leaves in iced (or hot) tea are welcome!
The use of mint also extends to the preparation of cocktails; an example is the classic mojito.
Mint: how to use it
Here are other possible uses for harnessing home grown mint.
- Just rub fresh mint leaves on your fingers to eliminate bad smells caused by garlic or onion.
- The sedative properties of mint make this essence an excellent help for those suffering from car sickness or seasickness, stopping vomiting in no time.
- Menthol also has a good analgesic action but should be used sparingly as excessive doses can have unpleasant side effects on the nervous system.
- During pregnancy and under medical supervision, the use of mint is suggested for the treatment of nausea and migraine.
- Mint leaves have astringent and purifying properties, which is why they are used in the preparation of beauty masks.
Before taking mint, especially in the form of essential oil for internal use, the opinion of your doctor is recommended.
Mint (Mentha spp) is a very popular herbaceous plant. The most cultivated in Italy is thepepperminteven if the properties that we will report are typical of different species of mint.
Some benefits of mint could be deduced from the uses described so far, but let's go into detail! Here are the main properties of mint.
- It stimulates digestion
- Relieves nausea and vomiting
- Relieves headaches especially if related to gastrointestinal disorders
- Useful for relieving the pains of the menstrual cycle
- It countspropertyrefreshing and soothing
Despite the many benefits listed, it is important to clarify that the properties of mint they can beharmfulfor some people. Let's talk aboutcontraindications.
After listing theproperties of mintit is appropriate to dwell on the contraindications of this spice. In particular, those suffering from hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux should limit the use of this spice. The reason? The digestive and stimulating properties of mint can cause acidity and heartburn in those subjects in which the muscular valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach does not work efficiently.