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It is believed that mint originates from Far East, and is used at least 10,000 years.

Mint is popular in many parts of the world, particularly in Arabic, where it serves as the main spice and regularly drink as a tea.

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Health benefits of mint

It contains a high amount of menthol, which makes it by the smell recognizable among thousands of plants. Menthol activates receptors sensitive to cold in the skin and mucous tissue, which is why there is a feeling of cooling.

Menthol is a common ingredient in toothpaste. It helps to prevent gum disease and bad breath, and drinking peppermint tea generally helps to maintain oral health .

Mint helps soothing the digestive tract, reduces pain in the stomach and intestines, relieves various cramps and nausea, especially those caused by traveling .

Promotes weight loss, because it has a diuretic effect, stimulates metabolism and suppresses appetite. In addition, tea and other mint preparations proved to be very effective for irritable bowel syndrome.

One of the primary characteristics of the mint is stress relieve. It contains large amounts of tryptophan, which produces serotonin.

Reduces headaches and stomach problems caused by stress.

Mint tea before bedtime soothes the body and helps you fall asleep more easily .

Mint contains vitamins A, C and other active substances such as rosmarinic acid that helps in strengthening the body’s resistance to infection and inflammation .

This herb reduces the symptoms of cold and dry cough, neutralizes free radicals and prevents the production of substances that promote inflammation.

It is believed that mint, thanks to rosmarinic acid, alleviates allergies and asthma. Packs of mint help with allergic rashes, and inhaling tea reduces the blockage of the airways .

Some research suggests that the mint could have anticancer properties, since it contains perillyl alcohol, which showed in researches meritorious for the prevention of colon cance, skin and lungs. However, full confirmation of this effect needs further research.

It has been proven that regular drinking of mint tea prevents unwanted hair on your legs, chest , face, back and other parts of the body caused by increased secretion of male sex hormones .

 

Mint health benefits:

suppresses inflammation and infection

helps with asthma and allergies

strengthens the immune system

helps with digestive problems

prevents gum disease and bad breath

promotes weight loss

relieves stress and insomnia

 

Peppermint oil

Peppermint essential oil contains vitamins A and C, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals iron, manganese, magnesium, calcium, potassium and copper.

It is suitable for the treatment of many health problems and acts much like mint tea.

Approved in official medicine for the treatment of migraine, rheumatic disorders, pruritus (itching) skin, allergic skin, bloating, irritable bowel, cold and cough.

In aromatherapy, this oil is recommended to take orally for problems with the gall bladder, liver problems and acne.

 

Mint in the nutrition

Mint is widely used in the nutrition. It gives a flavour to soups, salads, vegetable dishes, desserts and beverages.

Peppermint tea is popular in Africa and the Middle East, where he served in a special silver cups.

When preparing mint tea remember that cleanliness and quality of water affect the taste.

Pour 200 ml boiling water over 1 teaspoon mint. Cover and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain and drink freshly prepared tea.

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