Ok so why talk about Mint?
Not a recipe post, nor is it weed..lol.. but a little tutorial or information desk here, just for my reference of course. I have been intrigued with mint lately because ever since I first started eating raw I used to gag when I first tried to eat mint. I hated it, but it wasn’t till recently more like this year, I slowly added it into my recipes and drinks. I guess your taste buds and health do change over time.
Health Benefits of Mint
Mint also known as Mentha, is a genus, (genus not genius), which contains a group of 18-25 different types of plants in the mint family.
Common Cold>mint contains menthol, which is common in most decongestants syrups or throat lozenges. The menthol is a natural decongestants which helps breaks down mucus.
Quick Recipe For Common colds->The next time you feel a cold coming on or a soar throat why not brew a cup of mint tea leaves for a fraction of the price!
Allergies->Mint is also known for its medicinal properties. It has an antioxidant known as rosmarinic acid. The rosmarinic acid has anti-inflammatory properties which alleviates any seasonal allergy symptoms.
Skin->Mint in oil, lotion, cream format or even brewed is a great cooling and calming agent when applied topically.
Quick SKIN Recipe->Boil mint leaves in water. Let it cool and strain the mixture, use as a face toner. This is great to combat acne and this toner helps keep your skin oil-free and fresh.
Digestive Benefits-> Eating mint leaves helps boosts digestion. Mint promotes the flow of bile in the stomach with ease and efficiency which makes you digest your food more quickly.This prevents from getting an upset stomach or indigestion.
Nausea and Headache->Because mint contains menthol, the strong and refreshing scent of menthol is a quick way to remedy nausea. Mint is a natural soothing property so it can relieve inflammation such as headaches and migraines as well. So if you feel a headache or migraine coming on rub a little mint oil or mint balm on your forehead and nose for a soothing relief.
What do I use Mint for?
-I add it in my smoothies
-I add it in my water daily
-I use it in my dessert recipes, especially in my raw homemade sorbets
-I use it in my main meals as well-You just have to stay tuned and find out!