Mint Leaves: Health Benefits and Uses

The Health benefits and Uses of Mint leaves,
also known as Mentha or Pudina 1. Mint leaves are one of the highest herbal
sources of anti-oxidants and carotenes, and are therefore used to create herbal teas. 2. Drinking mint tea, aids the digestion process
of the body and naturally stabilises both irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation. It has also been attributed to soothe diaphragm
irritation, effectively treating hiccups. 3. Drinking mint tea also has strong antimicrobial
and antifungal properties, due to its high volume of natural nutrients, vitamins and
minerals 4. All mint varieties are rich in carotenes containing
approximately one thousand six hundred micrograms within a standard portion. When regularly consumed, mint aids with achieving
optimal eye health, whilst reducing dry eyes and sensitivity. 5. Mint leaves can be crushed and used in conjunction
with regular toothpaste, to whiten teeth with stronger effect. The pleasant aroma and oxidisation process
also reduces bad breath. 6. Menthol is an essential oil which is contained
within many varieties of mint. This essential oil is regularly extracted
and used in a range of different health, food and cosmetic products. 7. Peppermint, one of the most common varieties
is used in many medicines such as inhalers, in order to aid breathing, prevent coughing,
hay-fever and reduce mucus during a cold or infection. 8. When mint aroma is inhaled, it also helps
asthma. The respiratory passages, and airwaves are
opened and calmed to allow for a more stable airflow. This can be reproduced at home, by simply
crushing peppermint leaves, and inhaling the aroma and menthol contained within them. 9. Inhaling mint aroma also reduces nausea, and
headaches. Peppermint tea works particularly well in
this case. 10. Mint leaves can also be used in other aromatherapy
products, such as candles, oils, soaps and balms. 11. Oils derived from mint, can be used in conjunction
with other essential oils to provide a pleasing, and relaxing aroma in order to reduce insomnia. 12. Mint acts as an antipruritic therefore may
also be used as a rub, to provide a cooling sensation to the skin. This effectively desensitises skin irritations
from itching, burns, bites and stings. 13. Rosmarinic acid is a dominant anti-oxidant
contained within mint and has high anti-inflammatory properties. Mint oil and menthol can be used whilst soaking
in the bath to reduce aches, sprains and cramps. 14. The gentle aroma of mint leaves, used in aromatherapy
acts as a relaxant, reducing anxiety and stress. 15. A variety of mint named Barbed Skullcap, kills
cancer cells by destroying the blood vessels which supply the cancerous tumours. 16. Mint, used in conjunction with salt and water
can be used to create a better tasting saline gargle, in order to clear up throat infections. 17. The pennyroyal variety of mint can be used
as bug deterrent and is commonly used in spray form to repel ants and flies. 18. Mint leaves and stalks can be tucked inside
a pillow, which your pet sleeps on or in their favourite resting place to act as a flea repellent. 19. Mint is a commonly used herb to cook with. It can add wonderful flavour to many dishes,
whilst also adding healthy nutrition. 20. When grown in larger quantities, mint acts
as a mice and rats deterrent in your garden. 21. There are over eighteen known varieties of
mint, and many hybrids. Each has its own unique flavour. 22. The Mint herb / plant grows rapidly, and is
usually perennial, returning each year with little maintenance. In order to harvest your own mint for use
in cooking, and any of the techniques described above, I would recommend continually removing
the leaves from the mint stalks throughout the growing season, as this promotes a bushier
mint with more growth. Depending upon the variety, always keep the
mint well-trimmed, to prevent it from flowering, which will yield more foliage. The mint flower itself can also be eaten,
and can be a beautiful aromatic garnish as a final touch to any dish. 23. Mint is very refreshing when added to iced
drinks. Place mint stalks into a bottle of water in
the refrigerator and leave it for at least one hour. The water will then be infused with mint,
and can be combined with fresh fruit and vegetables to create a very healthy, yet tasty beverage. 24. Mint sauce can be made, and is a tasty compliment
to any roast meal. Please see the link below the video for a
short guide on how to make fresh mint sauce. Finally I would like to dedicate this video
to my late grandmother, Bella who inspired my love of mint from a young age. For a written version of this article, please
follow the link in the description to the unexplored lexicon blog, or visit my main
website where you can also see other articles, podcasts and other life
enhancing research projects and developments.


  1. Thank you for 3,000 views! For more healthy videos see the playlist:

  2. I've just shot a new video, discussing how you can grow this easily for as little as a few cents. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  3. Thank you also your late grandmother how is new in a wonderful bungalow in the spirit world back home,she send her love to you,love light and peace.

  4. Thank you. We use mint all the time, but it's good to know more about it. I have bees, and they love to take nectar from mint, that's why we let it flower. We planted mint all around the shed where we keep empty beehives and frames and all the stuff that we need for our bees. This way mice don't try to live there. Nothing repels chipmunks thou.

  5. we drink a lot of mint tea in Mexico, cinnamon tea and Lemmon grass. that is our favorite teas because we grow it a lot.

  6. I have dry eyes does it really help for that as you mentioned in the video 🙀🙀🤗🤗🤗
    Thank you so much I will consume it daily 😍😍😍

  7. I have had a severe allergic reaction (acute asthma and urticaria) to fresh mint, dried mint and things containing mint extract for over twenty-five years. I can't be the only one.

  8. I'm glad the mint is an evergreen here (well, largely due to where the birds planted it), though I wouldn't "cook" with mint since cooking generally destroys most vitamins and other important chemicals( nutrients), however sprinkling on some freshly plucked mint onto a dish (i.e. bacon and avocado as weird as that might sound…) would be very healthy and tasty, and wouldn't destroy all the necessary nutrients.

  9. Here is an anecdote from my life that might resonate with those of you who adore mint (and other herbs)

    My brother was a heavy smoker and he died early. I also used to smoke, but here is how I was able to stop it. Perhaps some of your friends are smokers and they might like to read how things happened in my life and my redemption came.

    A "magical" event happened in my otherwise humdrum life — in 1985. To be clear about terminology: I call it magical because most of it cannot be explained by logical methods or supported by scientific facts — by me at least.

    Here is how it all went: I had been smoking for 17 years by the year 1985, and towards the end of it, I was smoking more than ever and there was an element of addiction in my habit and also non-enjoyment. I would call my action compulsive. A divorce had made it more negative. Perhaps I was punishing myself by inhaling all those poisonous fumes? I do not know.

    In those days, I used to listen to poems of a 16th century Indian female poet put to music, and I might say that it was the power of her sacred poetry which led to something that happened one early morning out of the blue. I woke up and realized that a voice had spoken to me and had said: Fight a toxic weed using a healing herb.

    I had the urge to smoke as usual right then, but instead, I boiled some water and put some dried peppermint leaves in it and breathed in the steam for a few minutes. I was putting the words I had heard into action. At the end of the inhaling, the urge was gone. I was thrilled and puzzled. I ate my breakfast and then the urge came back, because of habit. I repeated the peppermint process. And the urge went away.

    Also, during that first week, the moon was waxing and I imagined that my lungs were clearing up like the growing disc of the moon and that simple "visualization" added to my optimism about kicking that habit to clear my lungs of all the soot and tar it had collected from smoking and urban living.

    During the day the urge came back a few times, but each time it was weaker, and I felt great energy after breathing in the peppermint steam. For a few days this "war" or if you like "adversarial dance" went on between Tobacco and Peppermint in my psyche, and in my life and I held my breath speaking to no one about this mysterious event, and within a week I knew that the addiction had lost most of its power over me, but I had to continue the process of inhaling peppermint steam periodically.

    The hardest time was at parties where I had a beer, and saw my friends rolling tobacco in cigarette paper. My will was weaker, and I felt like asking for a cigarette, but I sometimes I abruptly left, or moved away to where non-smokers were, and luckily my willpower slowly became stronger.

    Within a year or two, I was running up the numerous stairs of the Dupont Circle metro stop in Washington, DC — deeper than most except the Moscow metro, as legend had it. I knew my lungs were gaining their power back. I did not pant and my lungs were bulging with joy and strength.

    Until I started taking long bamboo flute lessons from my mentor in 1990, I did feel an occasional pull toward a cigarette, but I never succumbed. The deep breathing involved in the flute playing, I believe, helped my need for oxygen and that drove out the demon of addiction completely. I even started sermonizing against smoking against my usual silent personality.

    Now it has been 32 years since the magical plant event happened, and in between I have become an avid grower of peppermint and all kinds of herbs. My reverence for those humble creatures respected only by a few has reached epic proportions. These days I am meditating a lot about the need for respecting the plant kingdom, on which all beings are dependent for oxygen and food, shade and moisture and rain, etc. etc. I grow things inside my home in my small town. We have several rosemary plants inside that have wintered over sometimes three years or more. I just started growing a saffron plant. We have several trees in the yard a lot of sage and lavender, etc. etc.

    I am so thankful for the healing I received from the "lowly" peppermint which we have been using in our children's colds and for teas and just for having them around without actually using them. I am sure they heal just by their presence through hidden ways. I hope all humans develop an appreciation for the magic of the plant kingdom as I have, fortunately through my tobacco incident.

  10. can you suggest me something for glowing skin with no marks and pimples …nd which has no side effects of course …something magical

  11. Imagine how much more benefits you can get from the wild mint!

  12. They used mint.. on me in 1961.. when I got injured
    on driveway. So they planted
    herbs an huge mint one , It was growing on warmest area facing South (N. Calif ) Garlic an onions are smelly an easy grow to A lot ppl have onion soup everyday

  13. புதினா உடல் எடை குறைக்குமா குறைக்காதா

  14. … Long term consumption of Mint damages your liver . In experiments Mint also shrinks the testicals of rats. The mint plant , lavender , tea tree oil , all boost estrogen significantly and lowers testosterone in men and raises your prolactin hormone in man …..and man become femenized and gay .Human beings were never meant to eat these plants every day only animals ,,don't mess with mother nature !

  15. Most people have “mint confusion” and lump the two together, but there are some marked differences. Different species: Spearmint is Mentha spicata while peppermint is Mentha piperita. … Both spearmint and peppermint have menthol in them but peppermint has a much higher menthol content (40% versus .05% in spearmint)

  16. Mekael Vitaly maybe you are right. That's what I heard. Long term consumption of anything MINT OR MENTHOL is not good for male sexual it. Coriander leaves also puts male sexual desires to sleep.
    You can take all that but in moderation like once or twice a week.

  17. I have mint in my backyard and I chew and swallow it everyday. I put it in my Smoothies too! Love ❤️ Peppermint ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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