Mint leaf also known as Pudina is a popular herb known all over the world. Asides from being one of the oldest herbs in the world, it is also known for its medicinal properties.
It is a good addition as a flavour meals because of its aroma.
Mint leaves are packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients, and also contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and B-complex, phosphorous, and calcium.
Here are some of its health benefits.
1. It boosts the immune system
Mint leaves are rich in phosphorus, calcium, and vitamins like C, D, E, and A which improve the body’s immune system. It also protects your cells from any damage and free radicals, thereby reducing the risk of any chronic illness.
2. It relieves morning sickness and nausea
It is effective for treating nausea that happens in morning sickness. Research says that “Eating a few leaves or smelling some leaves of mint every morning, could help expecting mothers to get past the nauseous feeling and cope better.”
3. It is a great remedy for cold
Mint is known to clear congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi, and lungs. In addition to the respiratory channels, mint’s anti-inflammatory properties also relieve the irritation caused by chronic coughing.
4. It improves oral health
Wondered why most toothpastes have this mint flavour? That’s because of its antibacterial properties. It inhibits the growth of bacteria and cleanses plague deposition in your teeth. Moreover, it kills bacteria and beats bad breath, keeping your mouth and teeth naturally healthy.
5.It fights acne and skin issues
Mint is a traditional remedy for treating acne and pimples. It has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which work wonders on acne-prone skin. Mint leaves contain a high content of salicylic acid, which is excellent in combating acne action too. The juice obtained from mint works as an effective skin cleanser. You can use mint in the form of face masks as well. Combine crushed mint leaves and honey. Apply on your skin and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
6. It treats indigestion and stomach issues
Mint leaves are anti-inflammatory in nature which helps in reducing any inflammation in your stomach.
It contains a compound called menthol which gives relaxing effects on the muscles of the digestive tract which aids digestion.
7.It helps you manage stress
The aroma of mint is very calming in nature which can be used in aromatherapy to beat stress. The aroma of mint helps in relaxing your brain and body by calming your mind. Mint also has adaptogenic properties that regulate cortisol levels and builds a natural resilience to stress.
8. It aids weight loss
Mint aids weight loss and the reason is tied with its much famed digestive properties. Mint stimulates digestive enzymes, which help facilitate better absorption of nutrients from food. When the body is able to assimilate and absorb nutrients properly, there is better metabolism. A faster metabolism aids weight loss.
To make detox water, Add the mint leaves, cucumber, and lemon slices to a water bottle. Refrigerate water mixture, stirring 1 time per day, until flavors have infused. Take one glass every day.
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