Mint, or pudina, has been used to heal a range of diseases for thousands of years. This plant has some fantastic health benefits that you should be aware of.
Pudina, or mint leaves, are often used to flavor dishes and drinks because of their cold and refreshing taste. It' s also found in toothpaste, mouthwashes, breath mints, and chewing gum. Mint leaves have a variety of health benefits in addition to giving flavor to your food and freshness to your toothpaste. Ayurvedic medicine has utilized this herb to treat a range of diseases, including digestive issues, the common cold, sinus infections, and headaches.
The mint plant, which belongs to the genus Mentha, comes in over a dozen variants, including peppermint and spearmint. Mint leaves can be consumed fresh, dried, made as tea, or extracted as an essential oil.
The health benefits of mint leaves
Mint is a good source of antioxidants and vitamins. It' s also high in phosphorus, calcium, iron, fiber, and manganese. The nutrient makeup of different cultivars, however, differs. The following are some of the most well- known health advantages of mint leaves, also known as pudina.
Treat Digestive Problems
For generations, mint leaves have been used to treat digestive issues like gas, bloating, and indigestion. Peppermint oil has been shown in studies to help soothe the digestive tract and reduce stomach spasms. According to the research, peppermint oil capsules helped lower irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by 40% after four weeks, compared to only 24. 4 percent with a placebo. In clinical trials, peppermint oil was also demonstrated to lower the frequency, length, and severity of stomach pain in children. Mint has also been shown to help with nausea and morning sickness.
Lower your blood pressure.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major preventable risk factor for heart disease. Peppermint tea has been shown in animal experiments to reduce blood pressure. One study found that giving hypertensive rats menthol, the major component of peppermint, lowered their 24- hour mean arterial systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
It provides relief from colds and allergies.
The primary element in peppermint, menthol, is a well- known decongestant. This is why menthol is commonly used in cough syrups to relieve sore throats and stop coughing. It may also assist with stuffy noses brought on by a cold or allergies. According to studies, inhaling menthol appears to make breathing easier, owing to the cold sensation it produces when inhaled.
Mint also contains rosmarinic acid, a plant chemical found in rosemary that has been linked to fewer allergy reactions such as runny noses, itchy eyes, and asthma.
Beat stress and anxiety
Mint has a refreshing scent that can improve your mood, calm your mind, and relieve tension. According to a Wheeling Jesuit University study, peppermint has been linked to decreased anxiety, exhaustion, and frustration, as well as increased attention while driving. oil applied topically may also help with tension headaches.
If you' re feeling anxious, try peppermint candy, a cup of mint tea, or a drop of mint oil in your bath water to help you relax.
Pudina is high in vitamins and antioxidants, which help to boost your immunity. Peppermint oil has been found in studies to successfully destroy germs such as E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella, as well as Staphylococcus and pneumonia- linked bacteria.
Chronic pain should be reduced.
For years, peppermint oil has been used to treat discomfort linked to arthritis. However, there is little data to support peppermint' s pain- relieving properties. Sprains, joint aches, and inflammation are all treated with mint oil in traditional Chinese medicine. In research, peppermint inhalation aromatherapy was found to lessen the discomfort and anxiety associated with intravenous catheterization in cardiac patients.
Help with breastfeeding pain.
Breastfeeding can be uncomfortable and challenging if your nipples are sore and cracked. It' s one of the most prevalent reasons for women to stop nursing too soon. Mint essential oil has been demonstrated in studies to help reduce pain, repair discomfort and heal damaged nipples. When compared to the administration of expressed breast milk, peppermint water was associated with less nipple soreness.
Skin health improves.
Mint' s antibacterial, antifungal, and anti- inflammatory characteristics make it a good treatment for skin issues like acne and scars. Salicylic acid and vitamin A are included in the herb, which helps reduce sebum oil output and treat or prevent acne. Due to the presence of menthol and natural antioxidants, mint leaves are also an excellent cleanser, toner, astringent, and moisturizer for the skin. Mint is used as an active ingredient in many skin care products.
Increase hair growth
Mint oil, which is high in carotene and antioxidants, is thought to help stimulate hair growth and combat hair loss. While the antibacterial and antifungal qualities of menthol may aid in the prevention of dandruff and head lice, the cooling properties of menthol may help soothe sore scalps.
Boost brain power.
Mint leaves have been shown to be beneficial for brain health in studies. Various research has discovered that mint extracts have the ability to treat Alzheimer' s symptoms and that sniffing peppermint can improve cognitive functioning, memory, and attentiveness.
Side effects of mint
Most people can safely consume mint leaves or apply the oil topically. Mint allergies are uncommon. Mint allergy sufferers may develop asthma as a result of the herb.
Fresh mint leaves or mint oil might trigger allergic reactions in certain people. Mint contains menthol, which can cause heartburn, nausea, abdominal pain, and dry mouth if consumed in high amounts. Peppermint should be avoided if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It' s also not a good idea if you have kidney stones.
Certain drugs may interact with peppermint or diminish its effectiveness. It' s not recommended for people taking diabetic or blood pressure medications, as some research suggests the plant may lower blood sugar and blood pressure.
The safety of drinking peppermint tea or using peppermint oil during pregnancy or breastfeeding is unknown. Pregnant women should get medical advice before consuming herbal beverages.
Peppermint oil should not be used on infants or young children since it can cause breathing problems.
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