Mint

Mint is Nature’s answer to so many ailments! According to the science of Ayurveda. The herb of Mint is a reservoir of anti-toxic and wellness enhancing virtues. Chew the leaves in your daily salad, make it into chutney (edible paste) or have the herb as decoction or green tea; you can always make your personal choice. I also love adding the Mint leaves to my lime and honey drink ! 🙂

Natural Properties of Mint

The herb of Mint belongs to the family Labiate and the Latin name is Mentha spicata. Being hot in potency and also robust by nature, this simple green, leafy salad article bestows health and wellness virtues.

Mint: Health Source

Mint is bitter in taste as well as after taste. It is hot in potency and light, rough and robust in nature. The leaves and oil extracted from mint come to use for medicinal purposes.
The chemical composition of mint consists of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorous, and vitamins like vitamin A, nicotinic acid and riboflavin. There is also presence of a fragrant, volatile oil which further comprises of some important components like terpene and carbon.

                      Top 6 Health Benefits of Mint

1. Digestive Tonic:

The leaves of mint either in raw form or prepared into a chutney (along with onion and lemon) is extremely beneficial if you are suffering from loss of hunger, indigestion, excessive wind formation, occasional nausea and even worm infestation.

2. Relieves Cold and Cough:

Mint contains a unique property of extracting and decreasing phlegm. It is therefore recommended in the respiratory maladies. As a house remedy you need to extract some juice by crushing fresh mint leaves. Add to this an equal quantity of ginger juice. 5 to 10 ml of the mixture is to be taken twice a day along with honey. The use of mint is also advisable for asthmatic patients.

3. Post Natal Use:

Mint is a possessor of the property of uterus retraction. An Ayurvedic formulation called ‘Ark pudina’ is generally prescribed after delivery. This also tends to stimulate the milk production in lactating mothers.

4. Fights Bad Breath:

A mouthwash can be prepared by mixing mint juice in water. Gargle after every meal to stay clear of foul breath.

5. Anti-Toxic Effect:

In the cases of non specific diarrhoea and vomiting which could have been a result of food poisoning, mint again comes of use. This owes to the fact that mint contains anti-toxic properties. A paste can be prepared by pounding together mint leaves and onions. 1 to 2 teaspoons of the same can be taken 3 to 4 times in a day.

6. Boon for Children:

For babies and small children showing digestion problems like flat

ulence, diminished hunger, recurrent colds, relapsing fevers and occasional nausea, you may try a decoction by boiling mint leaves. 

                    Mint Digestive Chutney: Recipe

Mint Chutney

When the herb of Mint is made into digestive chutney, mixed with other naturally digestive herbs and condiments, it not only enhances the taste and digestion, but also helps to digest ama (toxins), invigorate the agni (gastric fire) and alleviate gas problems.

Ingredients

 

    • Fresh Mint leaves

    • Chopped Onion

    • Fresh Coriander leaves

    • Cumin Powder

    • Lemon Juice

    • Mishri (Crystalline Sugar)

    • Ginger- Garlic Paste

    • Black Salt

Method

Take some fresh mint leaves, chopped onion, fresh coriander leaves and condiments like black salt, black pepper and cumin seeds. Blend them all together or make into paste by adding little water. Ginger – Garlic paste may be added and also add some lemon juice or tamarind to the same. Finally put in white salt and sugar / Mishri to taste and your Mint Chutney is ready ! 

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About the Author:

Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda Professional in India. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.


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