Mint is an aboriginal pant of the European and the Middle East. Its scientific name is Mentha piperita while it is widely known as peppermint. Mint essential oil treats pain caused by insect bites, rashes and headaches. Moreover, mint alleviates womb cramps and thus can help irregular menstrual circle. Last but not least, the anticonvulsant action of mint increases bile production by relaxing the muscles of the bile duct, something that could help dissolve gallstones.
It has been used in medicine for thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used mint to treat indigestion.
The nutritional value of mint is very significant. Mint contains vitamin A, C as well as B2 in a smaller quantity. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that decreases risk for several types of cancer. Other than vitamins, mint contains manganese, iron, potassium and calcium.
It helps digestion, thus preventing cramps in the abdomen. Research has shown that mint can reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and may even prevent stomach ulcers. Mint tea is used to treat colic, burn, dyspepsia and IBS.
Menthol contained in mint has antibacterial, antivirus and analgesic outcomes. Lab research has proved mint oil to eliminate bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections, as well as the virus responsible for the common herpes. It is an active ingredient in certain creams used to relieve muscle aches, as well as in pastilles used to treat sore throats.