Bouquet de menthe

Mint: a benevolent plant

01/06/22Lu en 6mn
Mint botanical cut

"Mint: a caring plant"

The cannabis plant is a wonderful virtuous plant, however, there is a great diversity of medicinal plants in our natural environment. Silent Seeds Choose to present a plant species to you monthly with proven therapeutic benefits. For the first article in this series, we chose mint. It is an aromatic herbaceous plant, which holds its origins in the North of Africa, around the Mediterranean area, and in central Asia. It is frequently used, among other things, to soothe digestive, respiratory and inflammatory disorders.

A large majority of people appreciate the mint, most often for his qualities fragrant and gustatory fresh, soft, singular and soothing. In addition, the latter qualifier takes on its full meaning here, because mint is clearly a plant aromatic whose virtue beneficial for health are now recognized. It is often used for the preparation of different infusions, but also in gastronomy.

As said so well Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, " May your meat be your only medecine ». Although this sentence dates back to the 5th century before J.C., it still retains all its meaning today. Mint is an aromatic plant with a Multitude of varieties (peppermint, green, Moroccan, Pouliot, Chinese, icy, apple, Thai, Ricqlès, etc.) that is easily found in a natural state, in many special gardens, forests or other natural areas. Of course, each variety has its specific properties.

Typology of mint

Fresh mint bouquet

Mint is a plant species that belongs to the family of the lamiaceae, which develops in the temperate and warm regions of the globe. the basil, the thyme, the lavender, the sage, the rosemary, oregano and the lemon balm also belong to the same category. It is a herbaceous plant reaching about 70 cm, which grows in the wild, but which can also be cultivated under certain conditions. In its natural state, mint grows most often in wet and shaded areas, and is harvested during the summer period.

Ancestral origin of mint

This very fragrant plant comes from a large region, including the North Africa, the Mediterranean Basin and theWest of Asia. We found works dating from the Greece like Ancient Rome, which mention the first uses of mint by man. We also know that it was commonly used by Hebrew and the Egyptian. It was from this period that we could see that these civilizations exported the latter to the whole of the old continent. Thanks to these manuscripts dating from the 1st century AD, we learned that the Romans used mint leaves to enhance their culinary dishes. She was also cultivated in European gardens and monasteries from the 4th century. It was only a little later, during the 17th century, that we discovered the properties medicinal Mint essential oil that we know today.

« Mint properties »

Among the multiple beneficial properties present in mint, we can distinguish 5 major virtues. Mint helps better digest, It prevents cardiovascular diseases, it's a excellent Pain killer, she relieved them tracks respiratory and she contribute to the contribution of iron and detoxify the liver.

Improves digestion
Mint is an aromatic plant whose properties digestive are recognized. In the case of a digestion hard, of bloating, or pain intestinal recurring, fresh mint can help you. Its effectiveness is also proven in case of constipation and of diarrhea. Nothing could be simpler to enjoy its beneficial virtues, just put it in your dishes or drink fresh mint infusions after the meal.

Prevention of cardiovascular diseases
Some scientific investigations have shown that mint delayed oxidation from Wrong cholesterol. It seems that this power natural be clearly superior In the latter, compared to nine other plants with a similar action. It is important to emphasize that oxidation LDL cholesterol in the blood is a significant risk factor can facilitate the appearance of cardiovascular diseases.

Outdoor mint plants

"A detox idea for festive tomorrow: make a fresh mint cure"

Recognized painkillers
If you suffer from muscle aches Where joint, prepare a fresh mint infusion, because it has a stock analgesic efficient. It also has properties antiseptics, relieved also insect bites and disinfects the wounds. In addition, it would seem that she would have the ability to Soothe the headache and the nervous system.

Relief of respiratory tract
Some studies have shown that mint has antibacterial and expectorant properties.

It is therefore no coincidence that the action of its various active ingredients, allows it to relieve the cough, of clear respiratory tract and decongesting nasal tracks. This efficiency is due to the presence of a terpene named the menthol, which are also found in certain strains of cannabis. The latter offers the possibility of eliminating mucus and the mucus. For this specific case, it is advisable to use oil essential, which must be applied to the level of the chest Where to spray by inhalation In order to promote the passage through the respiratory tract (aromatherapy/phytotherapy).

Iron contribution and liver detoxIron is a mineral element that is important for the good oxygenation of our cells as For the body's fabrics. When a person is in iron deficiency, this results in a color pale, a fatigue permed and repeated headache, accompanied by chills. To counter this phenomenon, it is recommended to consume fresh mint in order to bring sufficient quantity to our body. Just prepare an infusion or integrate the mint into your food preparations.

With the current gradual lifting of Covid-19 health measures and the possibility of partying in bars or clubs again, you'll definitely be putting your body through a lot of stress. So, a good detox idea for the aftermath of a party is to take a little fresh mint treatment. When you eat too much fat and/or drink a lot of alcohol, the body needs a little rest, especially the liver. The liver function of mint will allow it to eliminate more easily what it receives. This tip also applies at the time of the end of the year celebrations.

Teapot with mint tea