Our conversation today is about mint. Walked, so warm, cherries and apricots blossom, well, just beauty, soon the lilac will blossom. I love flowers, admire or breathe in their fragrance. The air so smells in the spring, that involuntarily a smile appears on the face.
Today I want to pay attention to mint. Peppermint grows in my mother's garden. Mom loves the aroma of mint and balm, loves to drink tea. About melissa, I already wrote on the blog in the article "Melissa officinalis".And today I want to consider useful properties and contraindications of peppermint.
Now there are many varieties of mint: mint lemon, apple, green, curly. Mint comes from the Mediterranean. Here in Rome, for example, tables were rubbed with mint, when guests waited, they sprinkled rooms with mint water, so the room was filled with the aroma of freshness and appeasement. In Russia, mint came from England and was imported in the 19th century. Mint was grown and used for soap making, from which the essential oil was obtained.
Mint now of course can easily be purchased at the pharmacy. But, my mother never bought mint from a pharmacy. At us she grew on beds in a garden. My mother cut it and dried it, and then made mint tea or used it in herbal preparations.
Let's take a closer look at the useful properties of peppermint and contraindications for use. Honestly, I have mint tea, although I like it, but I rarely drink, because I have low blood pressure. But, sometimes I add a sprig of mint to green tea, when I brew green tea in a tea pot.
Peppermint contains a lot of menthol, which gives it a characteristic aroma and taste, but this is about infusions, broths and teas. It is impossible not to note the cooling property of mint.
Fresh mint leaves essential oil of mint, use it in folk medicine, cosmetology, perfumery. Apply mint in the alcoholic beverage industry and in pharmaceuticals.
In cooking, mint is used as a seasoning, both in dry and fresh form. Mint is perfectly combined with meat dishes and vegetables.
Peppermint. Beneficial features.
- Broths and mint infusions are used for nausea, as well as for improving digestion.
- Peppermint leaves contains menthol, ascorbic acid, carotene, flavonoids, tannins and ethers.
- Mint is used as a soothing and analgesic, with nervous excitement.
- Mint is used for insomnia, mint perfectly soothes.
- Peppermint is useful because it improves the work of our intestines.
- Mint has antiemetic effect.
- It has mint and sedative properties, which allows it to be used for nervous disorders.
- Possess mint decoctions and infusions anti-inflammatory effect.
- Apply mint to spasms of the stomach and intestines, since mint leaves the spasms well.
- Mint is used for flatulence.
- Apply mint to cardiovascular diseases.
- Tea from mint with honey is useful for colds.
- Peppermint is an excellent remedy for skin diseases, with skin itching.
- Mint is used in the form of decoctions for oral care.
- Mint has choleretic effect.
- Broths and tinctures prepared from mint are used to treat the bladder.
- Apply mint tea in the fight against migraine.
More mint leaves are applied to painful places, for example, to temples, with headache, essential oils contained in mint have therapeutic effects.
Speaking about the beneficial properties of mint, it is also necessary to take into account contraindications to the use of this herb. But contraindications mint has not very much.
- Mint is contraindicated in people suffering from low blood pressure. I drink mint tea, although I have low blood pressure, but I drink, as they say, with caution.
- Mint is contraindicated in pregnant women and nursing mothers. But, peppermint copes well with a toxemia of pregnant women and if necessary it is possible to consult with the doctor, in occasion of its or her application at pregnancy.
- Mint is contraindicated for allergy and individual mint intolerance.
- Observe the dosage when preparing decoctions and infusion of mint, since if you exceed the dosage it can cause drowsiness.
It is also advisable to refrain from treating children with mint. And for infants, peppermint is generally categorically contraindicated, since menthol, which is contained in mint, causes oppression and stopping breathing. In any case, before using mint, consult your doctor.
Collect mint during the budding period( the beginning of flowering) from June to July. Cut the mint with a knife or scissors. Further mint can be decomposed under a canopy to dry it. It should be dried in the shade, not in the sun. You can before washing mint wash it and shake it off. Honestly, my mother never did that, but my friend always rinses mint with water before drying it.
You can also dry mint in a well-ventilated area. After the mint dried it must be collected in a cotton bag. You can store dried mint in a glass jar, which must be closed with a lid.
Application of mint. Preparation of tea, broth, infusion.
Peppermint is used both in folk and in official medicine, tea leaves are said from mint leaves. It is used in various herbal preparations. Mint tea with honey is very tasty, I like it very much. And you can use both fresh and dry mint. Most often we use dry mint and only in summer fresh. From the leaves of peppermint prepare a decoction and infusion, which is used for various ailments.
Tea from mint.
Its easy to cook. We when are visiting friends, and they live in their home. Our friend, especially in the summer, treats us with mint tea, since it has a cooling effect, which is especially important in the summer.
You need to take a small handful of fresh mint leaves, pour them with a liter of boiling water. Insist for about 15-20 minutes, then strain. To taste in such tea add honey or sugar. It turns out a very tasty drink.
But, if there is no fresh mint, then tea can be prepared from dry leaves. For one serving, that is, for a cup of tea, you need to take one teaspoon of peppermint and pour it 250 ml.boil, insist 15 minutes. Strain and again, add honey or sugar to taste.
Decoction of mint.
To prepare a mint broth, take a tablespoon of mint and fill it with a liter of water. Put all this in a saucepan on a fire and boil for about 10 minutes, best at low heat. Then turn off the heat and let the broth brew for 10-15 minutes, then drain.
This broth is drunk half a glass three times a day before meals. You can add sugar or honey to taste. At us the friend drinks mint tea or infusion generally without sugar and honey. But, to be honest, I do not really like mint tea without sugar. Although I understand that this is all an amateur. Always to myself I add a little honey, only natural or sugar.
Infusion of mint.
Mint infusion is easy to prepare. I myself sometimes prepare mint infusion. A teaspoon of mint leaves should be poured into 200 ml.boiling water and insist for about 20 minutes. Then strain and add honey or sugar to taste.
This infusion has a good effect on insomnia, with stress, with headache, with abdominal pain. Infusion calmly calms down, relieves spasm. With insomnia, this infusion can be prepared and drunk at night.
I know that the infusion of mint is drunk with heartburn, but she personally tried it. It did not help me. Peppermint further increased heartburn.
Recently on my blog I wrote about the use of nettle, about beneficial properties and contraindications. If you are interested in information about nettles, you can read it in my article "Nettle useful properties."
I want to say that the beneficial properties of mint are impressive, but before using mint, read the contraindications. After all, mint, like any medicinal plant, has contraindications and all this is very important. And still, it is better to consult about the use of mint with the attending physician.