Natural Healer: Mint

Natural Healer: Mint

WHAT MAKES IT A LEGEND

Mint is an aromatic herb with more than 600 varieties native to the temperate regions of Asia, Africa and Europe. The bright green leaves of mint occupied pride of place in the kitchens of ancient Rome. Historically, the pennyroyal, a pungent mint with bright shiny leaves, was used to purify drinking water on sea voyages. All species of mints are aromatic, with a French variety that smells like bananas!

WHAT MEDICINE SAYS

Mint is a cooling and warming herb. It is rich in essential oils which gives it the distinctive smell and taste. It is anti-bacterial, relaxes spasms, reduces inflammation and helps digestion. Peppermint’s punch resides in its oil, which contains menthol, flavonoids and Vitamins A and C. Concentrated in the leaves, peppermint oil stimulates the gall bladder to secrete bile, which can promote digestion. All parts of the plant are used. Rubbing the face and hands with fresh peppermint leaves repels flies and other insects. Mint is known to subtly work as a spirit motivator. Researches at the Wheeling Jesuit University, US found that the scent of peppermint influences mood and motivation and offers a mental boost that leads to better performance.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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