Mint, an organic superfood herb that is flavorful as it is healthy. It has been used throughout history for its remarkable medicinal and culinary uses. They have been found in Egyptian tombs as far back as 1,000 BC.
There are two popular types of mint, peppermint & spearmint which are both packed with essential vitamins and minerals that your body need for good health. It’s laden with healthy amount of vitamin A, B2 and C, including minerals such as copper, magnesium and calcium along with a small amount of fiber. One primary benefit of this amazing organic superfood is the potent types of antioxidants it contains, like perillyl alcohol is said to be capable of stopping formation of cancer cells, including its spread, and rosmarinic acid that can help in the prevention and treatment of certain allergies.
Whether taken fresh or dried, this organic superfood can deliver the same healing potency. Aside from adding nutrition to a lot of recipes, mint is greatly used in treating common cold, cough, respiratory and sinus infections as well as nausea, morning sickness, vomiting, upset stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, gas and overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.
Essential oil extracted from mint can give a cooling sensation when applied to skin, which aid in treating skin irritation, minor burns, muscle pain, toothache, allergic rash, and bacterial infection. Stress related headache? A cup of mint tea can make it go away. It’s also a weight loss friendly, organic superfood that can stimulate your digestive enzymes, converting more fats into useable energy.
A native of the Mediterranean region, mint has a unique stem structure. Unlike most plants with rounded stems, mint’s stem is square producing leaves with jagged edges that exudes a very refreshing mint odor when crushed. The name mint comes from the name of a river nymph named minthe, who, according to Greek mythology became the love interest Hades, God of the underworld. When Hades’s wife Persephone found out, she turned Minthe into a ground clinging plant. Unable to transform her back to a nymph, Hades gave her the ability to sweeten the air whenever her leaves were crushed. We can all thank Hades for this.
A relatively safe organic superfood when taken in food quantity or as medication for a short period of time, even for pregnant and lactating women. Individuals with achlorhydria are advised to avoid enteric coated mint oil as it may cause anal burning, especially if you’re having diarrhea. Its strong aroma can irritate the nose and throat when used excessively.
Do you know that 70% of the worlds’ supply of spearmint and peppermint comes from the US?
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