The Mentha or the Mint we know comes from the Lamiaceae family and it is very beneficial, you can even grow it at home.
The wonderful aroma and flavor are not the only thing it has, it also provides a cooling sensation, and it can provide a lot of benefits and can offer thousands of medicinal properties as well. Mint most commonly is used in products such a bubble baths, mouthwash, toothpaste and ointments.
Top 12 reasons why you should grow it at home:
1. Treats Asthma
The leaves of this plant contain big amounts of rosmarinic acid, which has one of the strongest antioxidant properties and it has the ability to soothe respiratory problems, like asthma and prevent from many allergies.
2. Relieves from Nausea and Headaches
Using mint will effectively offer a relief from migraines or headaches, all you need to do is take a fresh mint leaf and gently rub it on your forehead, or make a tea out of the leaves and drink it.
3. Improves Oral Health
The mint leaves contain very powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, that way they have the ability to decrease the development of bacteria in your oral cavity. You just need to get a fresh mint leaf and rub it on your gums and teeth, that way you will prevent from dental issues and infection, and also you will boost your dental health.
4. Treats Coughs and Respiratory Problems
The respiratory problems can be eased by the strong and intense smell of the mint leaves, also breathing become much easier. Just get a few mint leaves and gently rub them on your chest, or get a natural mint cream, that way you can soothe the symptoms of a cold as well. Drink mint tea if you want to ease your breathing.
5. Stimulates Digestion
The mint leaves can soothe stomach aches and improve our digestion. They contain huge amounts of antioxidants and phytonutrients which are able to boost the production of our enzymes in our digestive system, that way they are able to treat many digestive issues.
Experts have concluded that its effectiveness is due to its high content in menthol and methyl salicylate. In order to prevent from bloating and indigestion, drink 2 cups of mint tea on daily basis.
6. Strengthens our Immune System
The mint is one of the richest sources of calcium, phytochemicals, phosphorus, vitamin E, vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin D, therefore it is able to treat infections, prevent from colds and boost our immune system.
7. Helps in the Treatment of Cancer
This plant is able to help in the treatment of skin, colon, lung and liver cancer, because it reduces the supplies of blood in the cancer cells.
8. Treats Inflammation and Tenderness during Breastfeeding
This plant has the ability to relieve from the tenderness, inflammation and pain that occurs during breastfeeding. You just need to drink a single cup of mint tea or rub a fresh leave on the breasts to relieve from the discomfort.
9. Improves Mood
The serotonin production in our brain is supported by the mint, therefore the mint leaves can improve our mood and memory.
10. Stops Hiccups
The best way to stop a hiccup, is to drink menthol water, we mean with a lot of menthol in it.
11. Improves Memory
According to many studies, the menthol has the ability to boost your memory and thinking, also reducing forgetfulness. Just have a few cups of the tea on daily basis.
12. Helps Weight Loss
This herb can boost the production of digestive enzymes and improve our digestion, also it will support the process of weight loss.
Since this plant is so beneficial, you should definitely grow this plant for yourself at home, you just need to follow the few steps below:
Get yourself a pot that is 12 to 16 inch wide, then fill it with soil and plant the mint leaf inside it. You should store the pot in a place where there is a lot of sunlight and you should trim the plant once it reaches 6 inches.
The flower buds should also be trimmed, that way the herb will stay in place. You should harvest only 1/3 of the plant leaves if you want to preserve it.