Mint

Mint ~ Healing Herbs

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A natural description of the herb;

The use of herbal remedies, including this particular herb classified as Mentha spicata, are popular as an alternative to standard Western allopathic medicine for a variety of problems, including digestion, heartburn as well as nausea.

The genus "Mentha" consist of 25 different species, which are variable, but Mentha Spicata is normally used in herbal infusions.

This herb entails a large family that includes peppermint.

There are many varieties available: applemint, pineapple (supposedly dissuades mosquitos), orangemint, licorice mint and manyy more.

Mentha is an effective remedy for various ailments, and this natural holistic approach to health is becoming more and more popular.

Used for the following;

The benefits:

Ideal for treating the colly-wobbles, which you might know as butterflies in the stomach.

• refreshing the body

For a natural decongestant, place a fistful of mint leaves in a shallow bowl and cover with boiling water.

Lean over it, drape a towel over your head, and breathe the steam.

Which part to use for herbal tea;

The leaves are used for making the brew.

Making Herbal Tea;

The standard way to make an infusion, unless otherwise specified, is to pour a cup of boiling water over the material to be infused, let it stand for 5 minutes, strain it, and drink it.

* Fresh plant material

* When the recipe refers to fresh plant material to be used, a 1/4 c. fresh material is used, following the method above.

* Dried material

* When the recipe refers to using dried material, use 2 tsp. of material when making it.

* Bark or seeds

* Should the recipe call for bark or seeds to be used, use 2 tsp. of seeds or 1 Tbs. of bark.

• digestion

• relieving heartburn

Sip tea made with fresh peppermint leaves to soothe stomach cramps, nausea, and flatulence.

* nervous tension

* Sweetening your infusion

* You could sweeten your health drink with honey, should you so require, and a dash of fresh lemon juice may also enhance the taste.

Grow it: Use a sunken pot, because it grows vigorously.

General warning when using herbal infusions;

• Only use the herbal material if you are 100% sure that it really the herb in question.

• If you are ill or have any health concerns, consult your health practitioner.

• Do not continuously drink the same infusion. At maximum use for 10 days and then skip 5 days.

• Only have one cup of herbal infusion per day, except during acute periods - such as when you have a cold or flu, you can then have it three times a day, but for a maximum of 4 days.

• When you use herbal remedies, be aware that they can be extremely powerful, and should you have any side effects when taking these infusions, immediately stop using the herb and consult your health practitioner right away.

Protecting Your Memory with Peppermint

Are you starting to forget things?

Remember this word: “luteolin.”

Luteolin is a powerful phytonutrient shown to stop age-related inflammation in the brain.

It is shown to prevent memory loss by stopping the release of inflammatory molecules in the brain, according to a new study at the University of Illinois.

One plant that is rich in luteolin is peppermint.

This new study suggests that luteolin improves cognitive health by acting directly on immune cells in the brain to significantly reduce the amount of inflammation that occurs.

A Nutrient Shield for Brain Cells

In the study, brain cells were exposed to bacteria that produced inflammatory molecules that could kill neurons.

However, if the brain cells were exposed to luteolin before they encountered the bacteria, they lived!

Luteolin was preventing inflammation.

Later, researchers tested this idea on mice that were fed either a control diet or a luteolin-supplemented diet for four weeks.

The researchers assessed their spatial memory and measured levels of inflammatory markers in the “hippocampus”, a brain region that is vital to memory.

Normally, older mice show higher levels of inflammation.

However, older mice that were on the luteolin-supplemented diet fared better on the learning and memory task than the others did.

Also, levels of inflammation in their brains were comparable to the younger mice.

So, if you’d like to protect your precious brain cells and preserve your memory, reach for some peppermint tea.

Handy Household Uses

A true botanical wonder, this herb is a breeze to care for, and its pleasing aroma makes it a welcome addition to the garden.

The best part about this easy-to-grow herb is its usefulness.

It makes a delicious addition to meals, a healthful tea, a fragrant potpourri and an insect-deterring spray.

This sweet-smelling plant also has soothing and anesthetic properties that make it a great fit for homemade body-care products.

To grow this herb, get a cutting from a friend or purchase a starter plant at a nursery as it doesn’t reproduce from seed.

It can actually be too easy to grow, as it sometimes takes over the garden, so give this attractive ground cover plenty of room to spread, or plant it in a container.

1. Buzz On: Having this herb in your garden will keep your yard buzzing with beneficial insects.

The plant is rich in nectar and pollen, and its small flower clusters keep these sweet treats easily accessible for helpful bugs such as honeybees and hover-flies.

2. Bug Off: While it attracts “good bugs,” it also deters “bad bugs.”

Repel ants and flies by growing the Pennyroyal variety right outside your door, or spray diluted essential oil (10 parts water to one part oil) around doorways and windows.

3. Flea Free: Keep pets free of bothersome fleas with this homemade repellent: Bundle 2 parts fresh spearmint, 1 part fresh thyme and 1 part fresh wormwood, and tuck it inside a small pillow.

Place the pillow near your pet’s bed or another favorite resting place.

4. Room Refresher: Keep your home smelling fresh by adding a few drops of essential oil to your favorite homemade or unscented store-bought cleaner.

Try this simple floor cleaning solution, good for wood, concrete or tile floors: Dilute a cup of white vinegar in a gallon of water and add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil.

5. Beverage Booster: Super refreshing in iced beverages.

Add fresh sprigs to a pitcher of water or plain iced tea, let it sit for 30 minutes or more, and serve it over ice.

If you enjoy cocktails, mix fresh leaves into homemade juleps or mojitos.

6. Veggie Variation: Enjoy an interesting twist on a vegetable medley by adding fresh or dried chopped herb to peas, green beans, carrots or cauliflower during their last two minutes of cooking.

7. Decadent Dessert: Mix 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh leaves into chocolate chip cookie dough and bake as usual for wonderful treats.

8. Breath Saver: You don’t have to rely on gum or candies to freshen your breath.

A sprig of your favorite fresh variety will get rid of bad breath just as well.

Simply pluck and chew.

9. Tummy Tamer: Peppermint tea is an excellent way to ease an upset stomach.

It helps calm the digestive tract and alleviate indigestion, intestinal gas and abdominal cramping.

10. Hiccup Help: Try this homemade concoction to help soothe the diaphragm irritation that can cause hiccups: Pour a glass of lukewarm water, then add a couple squeezes of fresh lemon juice, a pinch of salt and a few herb leaves.

11. Steam Clean: A peppermint steam can help clear sinuses and congestion and fight infection.

Bring a pot of water to boil, turn off the heat, add a few drops of the essential oil and lean over the pot, draping a towel over your head.

Breathe in the aromatic steam.

The aromatic steam also act as a cleansing and stimulating facial.

12. Nausea Nix: The essential oil can boost your mood and reduce feelings of nausea.

Simply add a couple drops to a clean handkerchief and breathe in.

13. Headache Healer: Apply a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your temple to relieve migraines, as compounds in peppermint oil are known to calm muscle spasms.

You can also make a simple compress to get rid of tension headaches: Pour 3 cups hot water over 3 peppermint tea bags.

Steep, covered for 5 to 7 minutes; remove tea bags and add ice.

To use, dip wash cloth into cold tea and apply to forehead.

14. Fresh Feet: This plant soothes aching feet thanks to the pain-relieving properties in menthol, a compound within.

Menthol also triggers a cooling sensation, perfect for foot scrubs.

Try this one: Combine 1 cup sea salt, 1⁄3 cup olive oil and 6 drops peppermint essential oil.

Scrub feet and rinse.

15. Sunburn Soother: Menthol cools and refreshes the skin, making this a handy herb to keep around in the summer.

Use it to ease sunburn pain by making a strong peppermint tea and refrigerating the mixture for several hours.

To use, gently apply to the burned area with cotton pads.

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