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Medicinal Mint: A Refreshing Remedy

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Medicinal Mint: A Refreshing Remedy

Mint is a fantastic flavor in pastries, drinks, soups, salads and more, but did you know it’s also one of the most potent natural remedies around for a whole host of ailments? While you may enjoy it in a milkshake or a mojito, after reading this long list of phenomenal properties, you’ll want to make sure mint has a place of honor in your medicine cabinet. Here’s a look at some of the beneficial uses for this versatile herb:

Aids Digestion:
Eating some fresh mint or drinking mint tea can help to ease heartburn, nausea, abdominal cramps, morning sickness, irritable bowl syndrome, and more. Mint oil can even prevent diarrhea and reduce flatulence.

Eases Respiratory Issues: Chewing on fresh mint can clear out sinuses, relieve sore throats, calm coughs, and even soothe asthma and bronchitis.

Encourages Reproductive Health:
Taking mint extract before and during menstruation can stave off painful cramps.

Heals Wounds:
Mint oil has antiseptic properties and can be used to speed the healing of minor cuts and scrapes.

Promotes Healthy Skin:
Apply mint oil to pimples, skin rashes, sunburn, bug bites, and hemorrhoids to reduce pain, itchiness, and inflammation.

Soothes Aches and Pains:
Rub mint oil over sore muscles and achy joints to help with pain from overexertion, injuries, or arthritis. Rubbing mint oil on your temples can also help soothe headaches, including migraines.

Tames Toothaches:
If you have a cavity, cracked a tooth, or lost a filling, you can ease your suffering until you can get to a dentist by rubbing some mint oil into and around the affected tooth.

Make Your Own Mint Tea
You can buy premade mint tea bags, but it’s also easy to make your own. Just steep freshly-cut mint leaves in hot water for about five minutes and serve.

Make Your Own Mint Oil
For an effective home remedy for the above ailments and more, pick, wash, and dry some fresh mint, and release the oils in the mint with a mallet or a mortar and pestle. Then place the mint in a jar and cover it with a flavorless, odorless carrier oil, such as jojoba or almond oil, and shake to combine. Place the jar in a warm place for 24 hours, then strain the oil through a piece of cheesecloth to remove the mint leaves.

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1 Lou King { 05.01.16 at 11:07 pm }

Plant mint to discourage deer and rodents from your garden.

2 monique { 01.16.16 at 10:41 pm }

Last summer I bought Chocolate Mint for my garden and it flourished in the partial shade I planted it in. Now we’re thinking of getting rid of that planting bed entirely(in front of the porch but under a tree so most of the area is covered in shade except the tiny section I put my mint in). How hard would it be to transplant since I don’t really want the kids trampling it. One of the neighborhood stray toms loves to lie in it as well.

3 JULIE NIRICH { 07.05.15 at 5:43 pm }

how much dried mint leaves per tea bag? and when you order empty tea bags are they all the same size, if not what size should I purchase? I have many mint plants and want to harvest my own and make my own tea bags.

4 Carolyn { 07.04.15 at 7:41 pm }

I have made my own mint tea for years. I dry the leaves and put them in bags you can get at tea stores or online. You just iron them closed. More potent than anything you can buy, and so much healthier. Great for illness, and for anyone who suffers from GERD. I give it away as gifts at Christmas. Also a nice change to throw in your milk when preparing hot chocolate. One tea bag steeped in the milk is good for many servings 🙂

5 jnybob { 11.25.14 at 11:40 am }

I grew pineapple mint for the first time this past spring. Plant got huge and had pretty tiny red flowers.

6 Barbara Loyd { 10.27.14 at 2:35 pm }

Easy to grow in a container (because it spreads.) Wonderful in Mojitoes!

7 James Lindley { 10.27.14 at 7:57 am }

I bought peppermint oil at a spice store.

Is dehydrating a good way to save mint to use later?

8 Karen Boswell { 10.26.14 at 6:56 pm }

I don’t mind if my mint takes over my yard, really smells good when you cut the grass and its green!! Who says we have to have grass in our yards!

9 Sheila { 07.20.14 at 10:06 pm }

Mint will subsume anything in it’s path. lol. lawns. cows. anything! I have some, but I keep it in a pot. It’s wonderful stuff. (btw, anything with a square stem is in the mint family and therefore potentially invasive.)

10 Mickey McAlpine { 07.20.14 at 4:40 pm }

Than you for a very informative article…

11 lauriem426 { 07.19.14 at 2:50 pm }

Yes mint spreads fast like weeds and will be happy to take over. There are several mint varieties,,so crunch up a leaf and see how it smells,,most likely you have mint in your yard. I purchased my mint plants from Ebay actually,,but amazon and garden websites have it too

12 Jerry Beasley { 07.19.14 at 2:05 pm }

I live in SC, does mint grow wild? Someone told me that I have a lot of it growing in my cow lane. It kind of has a purplish tint to it and if I cut it it has a sweet smell. Afraid to try and eat it don’t want to just eat a weed

13 wmatthias { 07.03.14 at 10:44 am }

Jamie, can I use coconut oil to make the mint oil? I know coco oil solidifies at 75 degrees and lower. Any suggestions on using coco oil to make mint oil?

14 Jaime McLeod { 04.22.14 at 10:39 am }

That sounds like mint, all right, Marsha.

15 Marsha Barney { 04.22.14 at 10:35 am }

I have a type of minty smelling plant in my gardens , does it grow like a weed? spreads all over. Can you help me ?

16 James { 04.14.14 at 11:42 pm }

I see someone was going to lowe’s, remember they sell flowers with pesitcides that kills our bees 🙂

17 Esther R. { 04.10.14 at 11:31 pm }

Love mint. I grow chocolate, apple, spearmint and pineapple mint.You can get them at a good nursery.

18 Sandy { 04.10.14 at 8:33 pm }

Is spearmint also medicinal or only peppermint?

19 renae harris { 04.10.14 at 7:40 pm }

I have so much mint …thanku for the wonderful post♥♥♥♥♥

20 Mikki { 04.10.14 at 5:47 pm }

Mint leaves can be purchased at most garden centers – they usually have a section with herbs for planting – mint oil most likely would be sold in health food stores

21 Mary Bunk { 04.10.14 at 5:45 pm }

Are there types that are better than others? I’m going to try growing it in the house.

22 Lauranne { 04.10.14 at 10:04 am }

I got my peppermint to plant at my local hardware store. I plan to go to our Lowe’s to try to find some other types.

23 judy { 04.09.14 at 5:36 pm }

Better yet, I remember as a child the stands of mint throughout my parents’ garden. What a delight to go “pick mint” for numerous reasons…..especially to put into ice tea on a warm summer’s eve. Where can mint plants be purchased for starting? It seems to be very scarce.

24 laurie { 04.09.14 at 12:03 pm }

sold in stores, but mint is easy to grow and spreads like wildfire in a sunny garden or pot in a window

25 Nancy Ricks { 04.09.14 at 11:15 am }

Where can i get mint leaves or oil

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