Mint or otherwise recognized as “Mentha” is an amazing herb that can offer a wide range of health advantages. This plant is commonly associated with the flavor in a chewing gum, toothpaste and a mint sauce, but mint can offer so much more due to its valuable nutritional properties.
Mint is not only one plant, but it represents 15 to 20 types of plants, including peppermint and spearmint.Mint oil is often used in sweets, toothpaste, and cosmetics, and the mint leaves are used either fresh or dried in teas and various dishes.
You have all heard of spearmint and peppermint, but probably have always questioned yourself, what is the difference of spearmint and peppermint.
Peppermint is in fact a hybrid of spearmint and aquatic mint with the highest content of menthol (40%). It reveals the most pungent flavor of the Mentha family, and because of that it contains the term “peppered”.
On the other hand, spearmint contains less than 1% menthol, and it portrays a subtle sweet flavor.
Health Benefits of Peppermint
Fights headache and migraine
As per a performed study at the University of Kiel (and the National Institute of Health), the topical and local treatment with peppermint essential oil can successfully treat headaches and migraines. According o the findings of this study the use of this oil showed greater efficacy than the commonly used pain relievers like aspirin and paracetamol. All you need to do is to place a drop of this oil on your temples and thus soothe the excruciating pain caused by headaches and migraines.
Acne and painful skin conditions commonly result from the body’s hormonal imbalance. But, these skin irritations can be soothed by using a peppermint infusion. What you need to do is to infuse a handful of leaves of peppermint into a large glass of water, and once the infusion is being filtered and cooled, use it as a lotion. This lotion shows powerful astringent properties that can fight off skin’s bacteria thus leaving your skin with soft and youthful appearance.
Helps with the weight loss
The consumption of peppermint tea can help you in losing a few pounds and fat elimination. The compounds present in the peppermint will help the body to break down fats faster and digest the food easier. The results will be guaranteed if its consumption is combined with healthy diet, restful sleep, and regular physical activity.
Enhances athletic performance
The scent of the peppermint can be as well as beneficial for the body according to a newly performed study in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. The researchers have come to the conclusion that adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil into a drinking water can drastically increase the performance of the athletes.
Boosts digestion and detoxifies the liver
The intake of peppermint will assist your body’s digestion, and accelerate the rate of the metabolism. Thanks to this the food will get better digested and the burning of the calories will be faster. Peppermint can promote bile secretion and stimulate the body’s perspiration. As a result of these two actions, the removal of the toxins is successful thereby the liver is efficiently detoxified which will offer its optimal function. This body organ is essential for the overall health and because of that we need to regularly detoxify it.
Preparation of Peppermint Tea
Start with washing the mint leaves and then placing them in a container filled with water. After that turn on the heat and leave them to boil for 10 minutes in order for the leaves to release their healing properties. Afterwards, remove the container from heat, and leave it to rest.
Meanwhile, squeeze out the juice from one lemon, and use the peel as well by grating it. Use half a tablespoon of lemon peel and include it into the tea. In the end include the honey to sweeten it.
Lemon contains citric acid which along with the mint properties will eliminate all the buildup fat in the liver. The honey will offer the needed relaxing effect. This beverage is very beneficial for any digestive and intestinal disorder.
Consume one cup of this mint tea daily till you notice positive results.
You should not overdo with the intake of peppermint as it can cause relaxation of peristaltic movements of the colon.
The internal use of peppermint oil is not recommended for children and for people with issues like gallbladder disorders, gallstones, achlorhydria, bile duct obstruction, acid reflux and esophagus concerns.