Peppermint is a medicinal and aromatic plant that is easy to maintain, so having one at home does not require much dedication. The positive is that you can use its leaves for multiple purposes, making the most of the plant.
Among the main active ingredients of mint, which are concentrated in its leaves, are menthol, cineole or limonene and its flavonoids, phenols and tannins. All these components are what give mint its therapeutic qualities.
Medicinal properties of peppermint
The mint leaves are excellent for fighting muscle aches, headaches and dizziness, it contributes to blood circulation, it can be used to complement the treatment of colic, nausea and to regulate vomiting.
In addition, as it contains large amounts of vitamins and minerals, it is of great relevance for the digestive process. Another component present is menthol, a great ally to clear the respiratory tract, being perfect for treating coughs, bronchitis, flu and / or colds.
It is also very good against memory loss and an excellent supplement for weight loss or to incorporate if you are on a diet.
One of the most popular benefits of this plant is to be able to fight bad breath, thanks to the freshness it produces, but it also helps to eliminate fungus from the skin and nails and in the cosmetic world it is used for dermatitis and urticaria.
As a mouthwash: Place four tablespoons of fresh mint leaves in four cups of boiling water. Let it rest for a few minutes and then pass only the liquid to a small bottle that you will take to the refrigerator. Once a day you can use this liquid as a mouthwash to combat bad breath.
To refresh the atmosphere: For fans of mint, they would surely love to feel its freshness in every corner of the house. You can achieve this by placing 3 to 5 drops of peppermint essential oil in a cup of vinegar for every 4 liters of water.
Bye fleas: It seems impossible, but this plant also brings benefits for pets. Placing in a cloth bag two parts of green mint, one of fresh thyme and one part of absinthe. Then you just have to put the bag in the place where your pet rests and it will be an excellent repellent.
Options if you dry it: Although the plant is used more when it is used fresh, if you dry its leaves you can put it to good use in the kitchen, such as sprinkling a little cream cheese to spread on toast or cookies, add it to Greek yogurt with a little lemon and olive oil and use it as a salad dressing or even to spice up some cuts of lamb or pork.
The inevitable tea: For taste or to soothe any ailment, the mint infusion is ideal, without forgetting how easy it is to prepare. To do this, cut some leaves from the plant, wash them well and chop them, removing the hardest parts. Put the mint in a mug and add boiling water. Let stand for 10 minutes, strain and enjoy.
As always, extremes are detrimental, so overdoing the use of peppermint might not be as beneficial as you might expect.
Due to its stimulating effect, peppermint tea, tincture and oil can cause insomnia in some people if used at night. In addition, the use of peppermint oil is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation.