Top 5 Health Benefits of Mint!

Mint is known to have originated in the Asian and Mediterranean regions of the world. It was originally used to treat stomach aches and mild chest pains; it is now enjoyed in a countless range of teas, confectionery and culinary dishes. While it is normally used a garnish, the herb is also potent with health giving properties. Intrigued?  Well, so were we, read on to discover the Top 5 Health Benefits of Mint!

1. Helps reduce memory loss
It has been found that those who regularly drink peppermint tea have higher levels of alertness, information retention and cognitive function as they get older. The reason behind this (discussed below) is because mint is a natural stimulant making it a perfect substitute for your average morning cuppa!

2. Improves oral health
Mint has been proven to be a benefit to overall oral health, as proven by the range of toothpastes on the shop shelves. Some gardeners, when they grow mint, pick the leaves off the plant and chew them as the chemical properties inhibit the growth of bacteria inside the mouth. This not only provides fresh breath for the individual, it also eliminates harmful bacteria in the oral cavity that can cause infection and disease.

3. Natural stimulant
As stated above, mint is a natural stimulant. Whether it is used as a balm or taken in capsule form, it can quickly help you return to your energized state. Even adding a few leaves into your gym water bottle will give you a boost. It also has the opposite effect as a relaxant after a long day, helping you on your way to a peaceful night’s rest.

4. Reduces nausea
Crushed mint leaves can help reduce the effects of a headache, just by applying the mixture on top of the forehead. The very fragrance of mint can combat the feelings of nausea and eating it further reduce the symptoms of illness. It’s well known that smelling mint oil can significantly reduce congestion and sniffed early enough can abate full blown migraines.

5. Skin health
Mint has antiseptic properties, soothing and killing any harmful bacteria on the surface of the skin making it an excellent skin cleanser.  It also reduces inflammation of spots and pimples, relieving many acne symptoms beneficial in doing away with the undesirable urge cycle of popping and squeezing spots when they start to develop, altogether.

Mint can be grown in your garden, (yes, you can purchase a plant and grow your own) or bought in your local shops or farmer’s market. You can also get them in capsule form from stores such as Holland and Barrett, Boots and Amazon. Of course, it’s also widely available in various teas in virtually every supermarket. So, what’s your experience been with mint, either fresh, tea or other product? Let us know below or @ KeepfitKingdom !

Francesca Gregori

Franki is a nutrition student currently undergoing her second year at Bournemouth University. Originally from London, she has a passion for anything health, food and well-being related; she enjoys reading, baking and experimenting with different recipes. In addition to trying out new exercises and workouts in the gym, she loves to read up on recent topics in the nutrition field and walks along the coastline.

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