Mint is widely used aromatic plant around the globe due to several health benefits offer by it. There are the estimated eighteen species of the mint found around the world. The relationships between the mint species are hazy.
Mint is the small plant, which can merely attend the height of more than 120 centimeters. It mainly grows in the swampy area with the adequate moisture in it. Mint plant is resistant to the adverse climate.
Depending upon the species mint can be annual and perennial. The majority of the mint plant is perennial.
Mint contains carbohydrate, protein, and fat in adequate amount. Further, the goodness of vitamin-like C, A and minerals like Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Iron drastically increases the health benefits (1).
Although it can be prorogated by the seed. Almost all the propagation of the mint is done with the vegetative means.
Health Benefits of Mint
1. Bad Breath
The primary cause of the bad breath is due to the release of the sulfur by the bacteria thriving in the mouth.
Consumption of the mint is effective in the prevention of the bad breath (2).
The goodness of the vitamin A and C present in the mint is effective in the prevention of the acne in the human body (3).
Due to this mint is often recommended for the treatment of the acne.
Consumption of the mint is believed to increases the secretion of the bile from the liver that facilitates the digestion of the food. Traditionally, mint has been used to treat indigestion (4).
Mint has been traditionally used as the potent appetizers (5).
The innate beta-carotenes in the mint is effective in soothing the occurrence of diabetes in the human body (6).
Mint is often used as the potent remedy of the depression in several individuals (7).
7. Immunity Booster
Due to the presence of the vitamin C and other beneficial nutrient consumption of the mint is associated with the boosting of the immune system in the human body (8).
8. Cognitive Power
There are series of the research pointing out the relation of the boosting of the cognitive power and intake of the mint (9).
9. Weight Loss
Due to the effective digestion of the food followed by the reduction of the appetite consumption of the mint is associated with the reduction in the weight (10).
Consumption of the mint is associated with the soothing the pain during the occurrence of the migraines (11).
11. Common Cold
There has been series of claims that the intake of the mint is often associated with the reduction in the occurrence of the common cold in the humans (12).
12. Cracks in Nipple
The cracked nipple can cause several unwanted consequences, especially for the breastfeeding women. The best remedy of the cracked nipple is the use of the peppermint water (13).
Application of the mint especially the oil is effective in soothing the wound during the burn. Further, the pain can be effectively reduced due to the intake of the mint (14).
The innate L-menthol synthesized from the mint plant is claimed to have the anticancer effects.
Further, the phytochemical in the mint is effective in soothing the occurrence of cancer in the human body (15).
Intake of the mint juice mixed with the honey and lemon water can be effective in the soothing the occurrence of the hiccups in the human body (16).
16. Hair Growth
Applying the mint oil is effective in the adequate hair growth in the human body (17).
The beneficial property of the mint is effective in soothing the dry and itchy skin (18).
The phytochemicals in the mint are claimed to soothe the damaging effects of the solar radiation.
Due to this mint is often included in several cosmetic items.
18. Menstrual Cramps
Traditionally, mint has been used in the easing of the menstrual cramps in the human body (19).
19. Morning Sickness
Moderate consumption of the mint is associated with the soothing the occurrence of the morning sickness in the human body (20).
20. Eye Health
The goodness of vitamins like A and various minerals is effective in the adequate functioning of the eye in the human body (21).
21. Relieve Stress
Consumption of the mint tea is associated with the relieving stress in the human body (22).
22. Bladder and Kidney Stones
The consumption of the mint is associated with the reduction in the bladder and kidney stone in the human body (23).
There are some risks of the consumption of the mint. Some bogus claims such as not suitable for pregnancy leads to infertility, interferes with the bladder stones upon the consumption of the mint does not have any scientific evidence to support.
Due to the relaxation of the sphincter muscle consumption of the mint is associated with the increase in the heartburn (24).
The sphincter muscle lies between stomach and esophagus.
The allergic reaction of the mint can potentially cause asthma in several individuals (25).