Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Uses Mint (Mentha)
Mint (Mentha) is a genus consisting of 25 species. This plant is usually grown in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North America. The most common species of mint or Mentha piperita is popular cultivated, Mentha spicata and Mentha suaveolus. Mint is a good companion plant for insects and dispel favorable draw. However, white mint susceptible to infestation (whitefly) and aphids.
Mint leaves suitable as food, beverages, toothpaste, chewing gum and candy. Harvesting of mint leaves can be done at any time. Fresh mint leaves should be used immediately or stored for several days in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Dried mint leaves should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, shady and dry.
Mint is not only delicious but also very healthy and has many medicinal properties.
Some of them are as follows:
Mint was originally used as an herb to treat stomach ache and chest pain and is commonly used as a tea. Roman naturalist, Pliny (about 23-79 AD) mentions that a wreath of mint is good for the body's system for calming the mind. During the Middle Ages, powdered mint leaves are used to whiten teeth.
Mint is a good appetizer and promotes digestion. Menthol, a volatile substance that is contained in the essential oils of mint, has a direct antispasmodic effect on smooth muscle of the digestive tract. Mint also helps the muscles around the intestines to relax and increase gas production. The ability to calm cramping stomach muscles makes it a remarkable treatment for symptoms of indigestion, stomach pain heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome (irritable bowel syndrome / IBS bowel disorder that causes abdominal pain, bloating and irregular bowel movements).
Mint is a strong diuretic that launched the urinary system.
The taste and aroma of crisp mint is sometimes used as a mild decongestant for illnesses such as the common cold. The smell of mint open jam nose, throat, respiratory tract and lungs. Mint can also assist in eliminating mucus and phlegm from the respiratory tract. Therefore, it is suitable for use as an inhaler mint.
Phytonutrients called perilyl in mint alcohol has been shown in animal studies to prevent the formation of skin cancer, colon and lung.
In women, mint helps in reducing nausea and morning sickness during kahamilan. This herb is also beneficial in treating menstrual cramps by helping to smooth muscle relaxation.
Mint is also used in some shampoo products