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Freshen your life with mint

Update : 07 May 2023, 15:56

Mint is a perennial aromatic herb with various species and hybrids. It has a cooling affect on the tongue. The fresh leaves have the most flavor and scent, but dried mint is equally important in Arab and Middle Eastern cooking.

Mint is used heavily and liberally in salads, in stews and especially in lamb and yogurt dishes. While there are many different varieties of dark leafy greens, mint is one of our favorites for summer. When added to smoothies, salads, soups or even sauces, it instantly brightens the dish.

Improve your digestive health

Another amazing benefit of mint is that it can help improve your digestive health, and even relieve some of the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Peppermint oil in particular has been known to alleviate IBS symptoms, since it contains menthol which can relax the muscle in your digestive system. In turn, this can help improve digestion and reduce stomach pain. 

Boost immune system
As touched upon briefly, mint contains antioxidants that help against free radical damage and have a huge impact on your immune system. Maintaining a strong immune system is essential for overall good health and preventing a multitude of illnesses. Antioxidant-rich mint contains antibacterial properties that boost the immune system, help fight seasonal allergies, improve oral hygiene and relieve irritated skin.

Fights cold and flu

Mint is loaded with antioxidants like Vitamin C that’s well-known for helping to fight off colds, flu, viruses and infection. Moreover, menthol, one of peppermint’s active ingredients, functions as a natural decongestant, helping to thin mucous, break up phlegm and alleviate coughing. Menthol is also very soothing. If you have a sore throat or dry cough, drinking organic peppermint tea can provide immediate relief.

Freshens breath

Mint contains antimicrobial properties that help kill off bacteria in the mouth and optimize oral hygiene. Chew on fresh mint leaves or rub a leaf directly on your teeth and gums to freshen the mouth and help prevent plaque formation. For a quick refresh on-the-go, place a drop of organic peppermint essential oil on your tongue and swish it around with water until the cooling sensation sets in; then spit to eliminate harmful bacteria.

Soothes the skin

Fresh mint is a natural mosquito repellent that also helps alleviate itching and irritation caused by mosquito bites. Beyond bug bites, this herb also helps clear up rashes and skin reactions to substances such as poison ivy and poison oak. Apply mint leaves or peppermint essential oil (always combined with a carrier oil such as organic jojoba oil) to irritated skin for immediate relief.


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