Everything about Mint Leaves

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Mint was used from ancient times to help people with health problems, so if you want to avoid the constant usage of medicines, try on this natural remedy.

This herb, which you can find in almost every natural food store, is used in cooking, medicine and aromatherapy. Further you will read all that you need to know about this beautiful, aromatic and excellent “taking care” natural tool.

 

NUTRIENT CONTENT AND HEALTH BENEFITS

 

Mint contains various microelements, which are able to improve your health and prevent harmful matters develop in your body, it is rich in essential oils, vitamins and fiber. It has antioxidant properties and rich in vitamin A, C, B12, thiamine and folic acid, as well as potassium, zinc, copper, phosphorus and minerals iron.

 

Talking about its health benefits, you should know that this natural remedy can be served as a cure tool and as a prevention tool, so use it both to make your body healthy. If you have a cold, make mint tea, it will help you to recover, it is very helpful in prevention of kidney stones formation. Mint tea will suraly help in case of sickness and even poisoning. Mint oil very often is used to easy the pain in case when patients have rheumatic issues.

 

Add several drops of mint oil in water and little alcohol, apply this with a cotton wool to the area, this is the right way to use it properly.

 

Mint is strikingly popular for its nice flavour, so it is very frequently added to gums and candies and what is more, this is exactly the mint flavour, which helped to increase the popularity of such a product as gum.

 

The most common varieties of mint is peppermint and spearmint, which grow widely near the streams. You may add it fresh as the garnish or dried into soups, salads and side-dishes, brew it in teas.

 

SEVERAL WAYS TO USE FRESH MINT LEAVES

 

Orange mint tea is a super wake-me-up drink in the morning. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add mint, cover, remove from heat and steep 15 minutes or longer. Remove mint. Add and stir until dissolved 1/3 cup of sugar (or honey). Add 2 cups of orange juice, mint concentrate and enough water and ice. Chill completely and serve.

 

Spearmint is ideal for mojito recipe, just bruise the mint with your fingers before adding into the drink.

 

Chocolate mint, sounds interesting? Add chopped mint leaves into chocolate cake, chocolate cookies, chocolate ice-cream and icing…

 

These are just several usages of mint in cooking, try also sweet mint and use peppermint to brighten simple salads.

 

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF MINT CONSUMING

 

The most common negative side effect of drinking mint tea is allergy and complications during pregnancy. One more negative thing about mint is that nobody knows about long-term exposure of this plant, though it is well saved when is used in small quantities during short period of time.

 

Pay attention to menthol, which is the active chemical in mint tea, so if you are allergic or have asthma, avoid foods that contain mint.

 

And one more, the essential oil in mint can disrupt the intake of some medications and this is can lead to overdose.

 

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