The mint tea is popular because several of its properties have been known for many years. And infusions with the leaves of this herb is a drink used for the relief of various problems and ailments, in various parts of the body.
This plant grows around the world, but it is native to the Mediterranean region. It is, in fact, a type which can be drawn from various spices belonging to the genus mentha. Despite their diversity, there are common elements between them (its aroma, green leaves, pale purple flower, growing in damp soils).
Some things you should know about the Mint:
- It grows very rapidly, branches and can reach a height of half a meter
- Its flowers can be white or violet, and appear as growth progresses
- There are some 25 subspecies of the plant in the Mint family, such as Rosemary, thyme and oregano. They are all herbs
- Its leaves are used to prepare infusions, but it can also be used to extract their essential oils and apply them topically and external
- It gives us vitamins A and C, as well as Omega 3 fatty acids and several minerals
- You take care of never missing irrigation or left too long in the Sun
- ITS scientific name, mentha, comes from the name of the Greek nymph lover of Pluto. As I was very jealous, he became plant
Properties of the Mint:
It helps your digestive system
You can use it after meals to allow your stomach to “settle”, to relieve flatulence and have better digestion. It is recommended in cases of stomach pain, it is antispasmodic and antiemetic.
In addition, it increases the secretion of gastric juices and to reduce nausea.
If you feel too satisfied, get an infusion with its leaves. Does not consume it for periods of time, can cause you to gastritis or irritation to the walls of the stomach.
It helps the respiratory system
Menthol has anticongestivas properties and increases the sweating, in addition to removing the nasal obstruction. It is ideal for the flu, colds, bronchitis, pharyngitis, asthma, and also to reduce the fever.
Its antiviral properties help to overcome diseases of all kinds.
Those who have stopped smoking or have much cough due to smoking, enjoy greater softness in your throat due to the Mint.
It helps the liver and intestines
Stimulates liver function and increases the secretion of bile, so it is useful to treat colic kidney and improve indigestion. This is diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease, as well as helping to expel gas from the gut.
It helps your circulation
Its blood-thinning properties (thanks to the eugenol and rosmarinic acid) to improve blood circulation and it treats disorders such as headache or altitude sickness. It not only cleans toxins, but also allows a greater intake of oxygen to the cells.
External uses of mint
La menta también nos ayuda con:
- Mal aliento
- Dolores reumáticos (pomada)
- Reafirmar la piel
- Preparaciones culinarias
Preparación del té:
Es una preparación muy sencilla.
- 6 hojas de menta
- 1/2 taza de agua (125 ml)
Calienta media taza de agua en una olla y agrega las hojas de menta. Cuando haya hervido, retira y deja reposar hasta que esté tibia. Bébela de inmediato.