Mint is a staple of all herb gardens, whether indoors or outdoors. It is used for flavoring items such as ice cream, desserts, seasonings or sauces on meat, or added to salads for a fresh kick. What some may not know is that mint's strong aroma and refreshing flavor has several medicinal benefits. It is added to products to improve breathing, teeth and gum health and digestion.
Mint is known for aiding the body in digestion and for soothing stomach problems such as inflammation. The aroma of mint activates the mouth's saliva glands and digestive enzymes to help digestion. Chewing on mint leaves or enjoying the aroma can activate this. If used for culinary purposes in dishes, it is a benefit for the body and the tastebuds.
This may be the most well-known medicinal purpose of mint leaves, since it is incorporated into toothpastes, mouthwashes, gum and dental treatments. It is germicidal and a breath freshener. It stops harmful bacteria from growing on the tongue, teeth and gums, thus keeping the mouth healthy and clean.
The aroma of mint is a remedy for headaches and nausea. For either of these ailments, crush fresh mint leaves and deeply breath in the scent until the discomfort fades. Mint oil can be rubbed on the temples, forehead or nose.
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