Mint, Mentha piperita
Mint is a perennial plant that was indigenous to Europe, and now widely cultivated all over the world. There are several different types of mint and most species prefer moist soils in full sun or partial shade. Mint is a common herb and flavoring that offers many medicinal benefits.
A likely favorite, its cool and refreshing flavor ignites the senses and acts as a natural aphrodisiac. Whether it is used for nausea, headaches, nervousness, respiratory issues, digestion, or as an antibacterial, Mint is tasty herb that is sure to create an overall sense of well-being.
- Mint is a calmative. It is cooling to the body’s system and digestive tract. Mint is good for an upset stomach, indigestion, headaches, and excessive heat in the body.
- Mint will also help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome where there is pain, bloating, and diarrhea.
- Mint and mint oil are thought to aid menstrual pain, depression, and anxiety.
- Menthol, the main chemical component of mint and is a very effective decongestant and expectorant. Decongestants shrink the swollen membranes in the nose, making it easier to breathe. Expectorants loosen mucus from the lungs, which helps to bring up congestion. Mint will help with coughs and colds.
- Menthol is also an aid for sore muscles and pain.
- Mint has been said to offer mental clarity as it supports the nervous system.
- Mint helps with nervousness, insomnia, cramps, coughs, migraines, poor digestion, heartburn, nausea, flatulence, painful urination, and it is anti-spasmodic.
- Mint will also help abdominal, muscle and nerve pain.
- In various other forms mint will help conditions of dental plaque, shingles, urinary tract infections, and other inflammations of the mouth and body.