There are more than two-dozen species of mint with spearmint and peppermint being the most common. The refreshing aroma of this garden favorite is easy to recognize. While spearmint is revered for its culinary contributions, peppermint is a much more effective medicinal herb.
Mint does much to soothe a cranky stomach and can reduce both the severity and duration of a stomach ache. Teas and other herbal preparations appear to be a great remedy for the discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Mint’s relaxing properties help to ease intestinal spasms Mint eases flatulence, nausea, vomiting and colic in children. Easily blended with other tasty flavors such as lemon and raspberry, mint makes a refreshing hot or cold digestive soothing drink. Kids enjoy the fresh taste in a cup of warm milk.
Skin and Hair
Mint is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, so it does a great job warding off body odor and mosquitoes. A few drops of mint oil mixed with aloe vera gel, witch hazel, and water makes an effective all-day deodorant. A handful of bruised mint leaves placed in a pan of cool water and then chilled in the fridge makes a fresh and effective face wash. Mint soothes the skin and cures infections. You can increase the circulation in your scalp by putting a few drops of peppermint oil into your shampoo. Massage well and your whole head will feel refreshed.
The aroma of mint is so strong that it can actually open up a congested nose, throat, bronchi, and lungs providing instant relief from bronchial distress associated with allergies or colds. It will also ease a cough. Regular use of mint is beneficial for people who suffer from asthma.
Oral Hygiene Booster
Mint is often used in gum, lozenges and toothpaste for a great taste and to fight bacteria that cause bad breath. Make your own mouthwash by mixing 1/4 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a drop of tea tree and peppermint oils. Minty fresh!
-The Alternative Daily