The Benefits of Mint
By Drew Canole
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Mint is a fast growing perennial herb that is native to Europe and the Middle East. People have been using mint since the middle ages for its medicinal and practical benefits. Peppermint tea is one of the most popular herbal teas and is thought to have tremendous health benefits specific to the human digestive system.
Mint soothes the stomach and also triggers the production of more saliva and digestive enzymes in the mouth. This helps to start the breakdown of foods before they even hit the intestines, making for more comfortable digestion.
Using both peppermint and caraway oil together may help to improve symptoms of an upset stomach or indigestion.
Peppermint may help to alleviate gas and other sources of abdominal pain due to its relaxing effect on the muscles of the intestines. Some studies have found peppermint oil to be as effective as Buscopan for treating colonic spasms.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Studies have shown that using peppermint oil either topically or internally may help with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Dr. Mercola quotes several studies saying that Peppermint oil capsules are “the drug of first choice” in patients suffering from IBS.
Another study done at Yokohama City University in Japan showed that IBS patients treated with peppermint oil had a 50% decrease in symptom. It is said to be effective for both adults and children.
Peppermint oil can be an effective pain reliever when applied to sore muscles externally. Put a few drops in the palm of your hand along with lotion or coconut oil and rub into painful areas for effective pain relief.
Antimicrobial and Antiviral
Peppermint oil has been studied for its antimicrobial and antiviral properties and may be an effective aid in helping the body overcome and/or prevent such infections.
Studies have found mint to have beneficial levels of antioxidants.
“It’s a little-known fact that herbs (and spices) such as peppermint have far greater concentrations of antioxidants than any common fruit or vegetable source. Herbs also contain a particularly wide variety of antioxidants as well, making them one of the top antioxidant foods around.”
A diet rich in antioxidants is key in preventing the overabundance of free radicals in the body, which otherwise cause symptoms of aging and disease
Infantile colic is a common and frustrating condition that, as of yet, has no proven treatment. Studies have shown that mint has potential to help control the severity of this condition and offer some relief to afflicted infants. Always consult with a qualified physician before using essential oils on babies.
Mint contains powerful phytochemicals that are being studied for their anti-tumor properties. Some research has shown that these phytochemicals help to cut off blood supply to cancerous tumors.
Other studies show that certain types of mint may help treat prostate cancer.
Research has shown that mint tea has some anti-allergenic potential. This means mint may help those suffering from an allergy to overcome and/or avoid symptoms.
Peppermint oil may be an effective alternative treatment for nausea in those who have recently undergone chemotherapy. This may be ideal for those who are suffering but do not want to turn to pharmaceuticals or who need a cheaper alternative to other drug therapies.
Nipple Pain/Damage from Breastfeeding
At a study done at the University of Medical Sciences in Iran researchers found that peppermint water is effective in preventing nipple pain and damage in mothers who are currently breastfeeding.
“Nipple pain and damage in breastfeeding mothers are common causes of premature breastfeeding cessation. Peppermint water is popularly used for the prevention of nipple cracks in the North West of Iran…Women who were randomized to receive peppermint water were less likely to experience nipple and areola cracks (9%) compared to women using EBM. Women who used the peppermint water on a daily basis were less likely to have a cracked nipple than women who did not use peppermint water. Nipple pain in the peppermint water group was lower than the expressed breast milk group…This study suggests that peppermint water is effective in the prevention of nipple pain and damage.”
How To Enjoy Mint
You probably don’t need a lot of help when it comes to finding ways to enjoy mint! We use mint in our Organifi Superfood Greens Powder for its flavor and health benefits.
You can drink mint tea, use fresh mint leaves in smoothies and juices, use peppermint oil topically or mixed into water. Peppermint oil is also a great addition to hot chocolate and other desserts. The possibilities with mint are endless!
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