If you’re only using mint for your mojitos or Pimms you’re definitely missing out on this versatile herb! The benefits of mint extend far beyond the bar hosting a whole range of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
To shed some light on this refreshing classic we have put together five reasons why mint deserves a place in your daily routine – from stomach to skincare – this year!
1. Tackling tummy troubles:
Peppermint oil has been linked with reducing pain, stomach upset, and other symptoms of IBS. Researchers have attributed peppermint’s relief of IBS symptoms, such as constipation and bloating, mainly to its antispasmodic properties. The menthol contained in peppermint has a relaxing effect on the intestinal smooth muscle.
Many of these benefits have been seen when taking peppermint in a capsule form not as food — make sure to check with your GP before adding any supplements to your daily routine. That being said, the soothing and relaxing properties of peppermint tea may lend a hand in addition to helping you stay hydrated during warm summer months.
2. Sorting summer skincare:
We all go a little over the top in the sun sometimes. That extra half an hour in the sun may provide that healthy, bronzed glow, but along with it sometimes comes that itchy, irritated heated skin. This is where the soothing element of mint comes into its own. Mint is an abundant source of menthol which has antibacterial properties and can be effective like after sun lotion for soothing and cooling sun-scorched skin.
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3. It’s anti-inflammatory:
Mint contains phytonutrients with antioxidant-like properties, this can reduce damage caused by oxidative stress! Mint leaves contain a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid, which is easy to add to your diet in fresh salads, tzatziki or even in a cheeky cocktail! To get the most out of your mint it is best to add them raw or at the end of the cooking process as this helps them maintain their delicate flavour and texture.
4. Immune-boosting benefits:
In addition to its cooling and soothing properties, mint is a great source of vitamin A. Research has shown that vitamin A may lower the risk of conditions like cataracts, diarrhoea, measles, and breast cancer.
Vitamin A is also involved in the production and function of white blood cells, which help capture and clear bacteria and other pathogens from your bloodstream. By including a good dose of vitamin A in your diet you can reduce your risk of infections and improve your recovery if you do get sick.
5. Helps you stress less:
Mint has historically been used in aromatherapy to help reduce stress and induce feelings of calm. The cooling effects help to relax the system internally, relieving stiffness in the body. For stress relief, try combining peppermint, lavender and geranium essential oils to a warm bath and having a good soak, this will help reduce stress by as the oils are absorbed through the skin.
Aromatherapy is also an option you can either do this by using peppermint in an essential oils diffuser or even adding a few drops to a sink of some warm water to create peppermint steam that can then be inhaled.