Mint is a creeper plant which grows very fast. It also provides relief in many disorders of the digestive system very fast. Did you know that mint is used extensively in many middle eastern recipes and dishes? In case you are wondering what is the reason behind this, here is the answer. In the deserts of the gulf states people were always on lookout for any herbs which could keep them cool and save them from the harsh summers of the Arabia.
Mint has various natural chemicals which can keep us cool so it became one of the preferable ingredients int he dessert dishes. In India also it is one of the key ingredients in the famous recipe called Biriyani which is a spicy and hot recipe made from rice and meats. When we eat very spicy and hot food it can create hyper acidity and also cause heart burns. Mint is famous for soothing the digestive system and also adds a great flavor to this famous dish, hence it is always added to Biriyanis.
Beneficial Healing Properties of Mint
Mint contains various compounds such as menthol which is famous for its cooling properties. You may have come across many chewing gums extolling the virtues of menthol and how it removes bad breath. These contain the menthol extracts from the mint as their key ingredients.
The other compounds which are part of mint is menthone which is used in creating perfumes and hence useful in removing bad breath and same is the case with menthofuran. Another compound is called alpha-Pinene which is also found in Eucalyptus oil and useful for removing headaches and pain relief.
Other compounds found in mint are acetic aldehide, limonene, cardinene which are used extensively in perfume and flavoring industry and explains the freshness or the good feeling when we come in touch with these wonderful leaves. Mint also contains vitamin C.
Beneficial Effects of Mint in Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Digestive Problems
One of the most commonly used uses of mint is curing the stomach cramps and pain. It also stops digestive tract pain and starts the movements of the intestines. You can take fresh mint leaves which are crushed with water.
Another way to take mint as herbal solution is to take mint tea. Boil the mint in water and when it cools filter it and drink the water. Drinking this mint boiled water helps people who suffer from irritated bowel syndromes regularly. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects millions of people the world over and can cause either constipation of diarrhea in response to eating certain foods. For more information read how to cure irritable bowel syndrome constipation.
Usually there is no known medical reason for this condition but there is increasing evidence that this is caused by lack of good bacteria in our intestines. The friendly bacteria help in proper digestion and break down of food we eat. Many time the strong antibiotics we take kill the bad bacteria as well as good bacteria. When the good bacteria are gone from the intestinal tracts the body can react erratically to food we eat and that causes either constipation or diarrhea. Taking mint tea soothes the intestinal system and provides relief. This is the reason that mint is used as effective home remedy for treating gastric fever, diarrhea and toxic infections.
Since blood is cleaned it also helps in reducing pressure on the Liver and the Kidneys which are involved in toxin removal. When Liver works properly the digestion and the bile secretion will improve and you will be less likely to suffer from bowel problems like constipation.
Menthol which is contained in mint is the ingredient mainly stimulates digestion and it has has anesthetic effect on the gastric mucous membrane due to which stomach cramps are cured. It stimulates the biliary secretion and helps the digestion of fats.
Other Uses of Mint Leaves
Mint also has a cooling effect due to which it helps keep us cool in the summer and escape from heat waves. It cleans the stomach as well as the blood and helps in curing some skin disorders such as acne since many of these are caused by toxins in the body.
Mint is also used in removing stains from the teeth when eaten by chewing the leaves. This is also used in many toothpastes as tooth whitening agent and for bring freshness in the breath.
Mint is also used in treating diseases of the respiratory system such as bronchitis, sinusitis and asthma as well as cold and flu. Mint has sedative and antispasmodic action which helps in these conditions. For the disease of the respiratory system as mentioned above you can use mint oil and massage it on the the chest and neck. You can also rub a little on the sides of the nose. Another effective way is to add few drops in a humidifier and inhale the vapor with head covered in a towel. Mint oil will open up the nose and the mucous membrane and ease in breathing relaxes the respiratory system and eases the diseases.
If you are suffering from head aces or too tired then rub some oil on the forehead and the side of the face. It will provide very quick relief from the head ache and mental fatigue and rejuvenate you. Some other uses of mint is in treatment of rheumatism and ear infections by dropping few drops mint oil in the aching ear.