Mint - A Herb That Heals
The herb of Mint belongs to the family Labiate and the Latin name is Mentha spicata. Being hot in potency and also robust by nature, this simple green, leafy salad article bestows health and wellness virtues.
Mint is bitter in taste as well as after taste. It is hot in potency and light, rough and robust in nature. The leaves and oil extracted from mint come to use for medicinal purposes.
The chemical composition of mint consists of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorous, and vitamins like vitamin A, nicotinic acid and riboflavin. There is also presence of a fragrant, volatile oil which further comprises of some important components like terpene and carbon.
The health benefits and usage of mint is immense.
• A digestive tonic: The leaves of mint either in raw form or prepared into a chutney is extremely beneficial if you are suffering from loss of hunger, indigestion, excessive wind formation, occasional nausea and even worm infestation.
• Relieves cold and cough: Mint contains a unique property of extracting and decreasing phlegm. It is therefore recommended in the respiratory maladies. As a house remedy you need to extract some juice by crushing fresh mint leaves. Add to this an equal quantity of ginger juice. 5 to 10 ml of the mixture is to be taken twice a day along with honey. The use of mint is also advisable for asthmatic patients.
• Post natal use: Mint is a possessor of the property of uterus retraction. An Ayurvedic formulation called ‘Ark pudina’ is generally prescribed after delivery. This also tends to stimulate the milk production in lactating mothers.
• Fights bad breath: A mouthwash can be prepared by mixing mint juice in water. Gargle after every meal to stay clear of foul breath.
• Anti toxic effect: In the cases of non specific diarrhoea and vomiting which could have been a result of food poisoning, mint again comes of use. This owes to the fact that mint contains anti toxic properties. A paste can be prepared by pounding together mint leaves and onions. 1 to 2 teaspoons of the same can be taken 3 to 4 times in a day.
• Boon for children: For babies and small children showing digestion problems like flatulence, diminished hunger, recurrent colds, relapsing fevers and occasional nausea, you may try a decoction by boiling mint leaves.