Useful properties of mint for our body
Everyone from childhood knows the pleasant aroma of this small plant, which can often be found in front gardens, as well as in gardens and on gardens. But the pleasant smell is not the only advantage of mint, it boasts its ancient history of application, as well as a wide range of its beneficial properties.
Peppermint is a perennial herb that came to us from the Mediterranean. Almost every continent with a warm climate has its own appearance, which has distinctive characteristics.
It was popular in ancient Rome, where it was used for weaving religious wreaths, as it was believed that such wreaths can bring fresh thoughts and help the work of memory.
The Greeks believed that mint is the grass of Aphrodite, which used it as an aphrodisiac, therefore the ancient Greeks gladly grew it near their homes and used it for the same purposes.
The ancient Jews used the plant as a component to create perfumes, and also actively used it as a spice.
But the fact that mint has not only useful properties, but also healing, was noticed by the Assyrians, who successfully applied it for the treatment of headaches, as well as various colds and intestinal diseases.
Nowadays, peppermint is the most widely used medicine for medical purposes. It is an artificially bred species that came out of water and spikelet.
It has the appearance of a small plant, 60-100 cm long. It consists of a tetrahedral stem, on which small leaves are densely located; they have an elongated shape with barbs at the end; they usually have a green color, they may have reddish veins.
The flowering period begins in the month of June, and ends in September, it is better to collect mint before flowering, since it is at this time that it has the greatest number of useful properties.
Peppermint is famous for its essential oil, which is rich in menthol, which determines taste qualities, as well as other useful substances: esters, tannins, bitter and biologically active substances, vitamins C and R, carotenes, fats and mineral salts .
That is why peppermint is successfully grown by many summer residents and gardeners, and besides, it is very unpretentious, having planted a small plot, it is possible to harvest a considerable harvest of mint for a long time.
Menthol, which in large doses is contained in the leaves of mint, has antispasmodic, antiseptic, and localized anti-stress properties. It can be used both outside and inside.
For example, peppermint is successfully used for angina, as well as for pain in the stomach or intestines, using inside. But with toothaches, neuralgia, as well as respiratory diseases and bronchitis are used externally. No wonder mint is part of many drugs that look like ointments, tablets, as well as drops.
An excellent remedy against various inflammatory processes in the oral cavity, as well as abdominal pain, heart pain and heartburn are mint decoctions. No wonder this plant is a popular additive in toothpastes, powders and various types of elixirs.
Peppermint has excellent tonic properties that relieve rapid heartbeat, and indeed it is used as a good heart remedy.It is a popular remedy for flatulence, the tannins that it contains are excellent in fighting constipation and ulcerative colitis.
Thanks to bitterness, mint can stimulate the liver and gallbladder, it is also used to remove stones from the gallbladder and cleanse the liver. It is successfully used not only in the pharmaceutical industry, but also in perfumery, as well as in confectionery and in the production of alcoholic beverages.
Essential Oil Properties
A good essential oil of peppermint has no color, may have a yellowish or greenish tint, has a pleasant smell and taste, and with a long standing thickens and darkens. The main medicinal properties possessed by the essential oil of peppermint are: stimulation of the nervous system, general body toning, stimulating property, antispasmodic and antiseptic, as well as diuretic and expectorant properties.
It is better to always have a small bottle of oil with you, because it perfectly relieves headaches and migraines, relieves menstrual cramps, and also fights toothache well if you apply undiluted oil directly to a bad tooth.By the way, essential oils can be used well as a preventive measure, as well as for the treatment of colds, inflammations, as well as flu, bronchitis and rhinitis.
The medicinal properties of peppermint are also excellently used in the cosmetic industry, because essential oil is suitable for the care of oily skin, as well as copes well with various skin inflammations - irritations and insect bites.
By the way, if you use mint oil in an aromatic lamp, it scares off various insects, and also kills unpleasant smells of domestic animals.
How to harvest and store?
In this plant, everything is useful - stalks and leaves, even the roots. By the way, it is useful from the very germination of the earth, that is, if it is even 5 centimeters in length, it still already has the entire spectrum of its beneficial properties, that is, it is a plant that does not require a certain ripening. Usually the leaves are cut from the stalks, laid on a flat surface and dried in a warm room with good ventilation. She is usually kept in linen bags so that she can “breathe”.
Mint, although it has a large number of medicinal and useful properties, still has some contraindications. For example, it should not be used by people with low blood pressure, or with varicose veins.
Also, mint is contraindicated for those people who are hypersensitive to its components, as well as to people with individual intolerance. Special dosages for mint application, no, but still it is not necessary to overdo it with its use, it is necessary to give the body a rest from this useful plant.
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