Mint or pudina is packed with phyto-chemicals, antioxidants,vitamins and minerals like calcium phosphorous, vitamin C, D, E and small amounts of vitamin B complex. Mint has been used since ages for medicinal purposes owing to its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
Here are some of the benefits that Pudina has to offer:
1 . Improves Digestion
Mint leaves are loaded with antioxidants and phyto-nutrients which help in the synthesis of digestive enzymes. They have a relaxing effect on the smooth muscles of the stomach, reduce acidity and flatulence. Patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are advised to take a cup of tea with mint leaves after each meal to relieve the symptoms. They ease digestion and also reduce the development of gastric ulcers.
2 . Fights Cold And Cough
Mint extracts contain menthol that expels the mucus from the lungs and relieves congestion. Inhaling the strong aroma of mint opens up the nasal passage and eases breathing. It has a cooling effect on sore throat and is the base element of most balms and inhalers. To relieve symptoms of cold and cough, boil 5-6 mint leaves in 300 ml of water and inhale the fumes (steam inhalation for blocked nose) or gargle (for throat inflammation) once water is lukewarm.
3 . Relieves Symptoms Of Allergies And Asthma
The presence of rosmarinic acid (antioxidant) in mint prevents conditions like hay fever. It shows promise in fighting allergies as it is also anti inflammatory in nature. To relieve the symptoms of asthma, it can taken along with warm water as mentioned above.
4 . Eases Cramps And Body Aches
The cooling effect of mint can be experienced when applied on an aching area that gives a numbing and calming effect. Inhaling fumes of mint extracts hits the nerves and reduces the sensation of pain. A hot cup of mint tea also relaxes the spastic muscles and is an age old home remedy for menstrual cramps. It is also an effective cure for migraines.
5 . Improves Oral Health
The antibacterial properties of menthol allow it to combat bad breath, tooth decay and oral infections. Rubbing mint leaves on the gums and teeth on a daily basis prevents germ build up and keeps you away from the dentist.
6 . Clears Pimples And Blackheads
Mint is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidants present in mint leaves improve skin texture and moisturize dull and dry skin. Mint has a high content of salicylic acid which helps prevent pimples, blemishes and even helps get rid of blackheads.
7 . Calms The Mind
Mint vapor is used as aroma therapy to de-stress people and relax the mind and body. Adding a few mint leaves (with cucumbers) to your water and sipping it can elevate your mood. Mint instigates the production of serotonin that regulates depression. Burning mint essence candles can reduce fatigue and help you relax.