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Amazing Mint Uses and Benefits

Updated on January 20, 2015
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Top Mint Uses and Mint Benefits

The herb Mint is known from ancient times. There are about 30 varieties in this pungent herb. Mint leaves are easily grown like weeds in many households. Mint is also known as pudina in India. The people who know the benefits of mint leaves use it in their day to day requirement. Mint is mainly used in India, Middle East, Europe, Caribbean and Jamaica. It is easily grown in backyard, or in balcony and easy to maintain. Mint plants are perennials. When planted in an appropriate location, the herb will return year after year, without any extra effort from your part.

The scientific name of mint is Minta Spacata. Mint has a sweet flavour, with a cooling after-sensation, and has high curative properties.

Mint grown in the kitchen garden in a bottle
Mint grown in the kitchen garden in a bottle | Source

Amazing Medicinal Benefits of Mint

Mint Health Benefits - Mint has antibiotic, antifungal, antipruritic, antidiuretic properties.

  • Crushed mint leaves helps in whitening teeth and reduces bad breath.
  • Mint reduces stomach pain in rritable bowel syndrome. (IBS).
  • Mint can help eliminate toxins from our body since it is a strong diuretic. .
  • Mint can help as an healing agent in stomach upsets.
  • Mint stimulates digestion.
  • Those who suffer from bad breath, crushed mint can be used.
  • Even in common cold and sinusitis, inhaling mint is helpful.
  • Mint is also used in aromatherapy.
  • Mint is used for reducing headaches and migraines.
  • The antifungal properties of Mint help in reducing asthma and lung problems.
  • Regular use of mint in our diet helps to keep away bacteria and fungus in our body.
  • To remove certain types of skin disorders like acne drinking mint can be helpful.
  • By inhaling essential mint oil one can calm the mind to some extend.
  • Research studies done on mint indicate that mint has anti-cancer properties, which can prevent in the growth of certain cancers like colon cancer, lung cancer and skin cancer.

How to use Mint

  • Both fresh and dried mint leaves are used in different ways.
  • In India, especially in Southern India, it is used as chutney for dosa and idli. It is also used with rice.
  • Some use it for cool drinks with butter milk.
  • Some others prefer to use as mint tea.
  • For spicy cooking, like biriyani's mint plays a great role.
  • Mint is also used in certain salads, sauces, tea for flavours.
  • People of Caribbean and Jamaica use mint plant for their daily use. Mint is used by them to make one of their favourite beverages in the morning, or anytime of the day or night. In Gulf countries, it is used in hot water to drink and called as Nanna.

Pudina chutney recipe in South Indian style

Mint Tea Benefits

  • It is commonly used in sachets and potpourris. By adding little mint in the tea, sauce, and jelly the flavour is enhanced.
  • Drinking herbal mint tea reduces irritated bowel syndromes, cleanses the stomach and also clear up skin disorders such as acne.
  • It is also used as an appetite stimulant. Some people who want to gain wait use a glass of mint tea 15-20 minutes for food.

How to make mint tea

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    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR

      lex123 

      5 years ago

      shiningirisheyes , glad to know another use of mint leaves. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      We live in a rural part of Upstate NY and mice are a common occurrence. By soaking cotton balls in mint, it effectively keeps them away.

      Great article

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR

      lex123 

      5 years ago

      Thanks Ruchira to know that mint is your favorite too, and you found it useful. Thanks also for voting it up.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR

      lex123 

      5 years ago

      Thanks peachpurple for visiting the hub and leaving encouraging comments.

    • Ruchira profile image

      Ruchira 

      5 years ago from United States

      Mint is my favorite and your hub was useful :) voted up as useful and interesting.

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      peachy 

      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, m,int has so many benefits. Looks like yr hub is well done with info and video too. Good job and well done.

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