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Mint - Natural remedy of the month

 March 2009



mintThe mint plant was revered by the ancient Greeks who were responsible for its name – from the mythical river nymph Mynthe or Mente.

While it tastes terrific, and is great in a range of foods and drinks from mint teas to certain lamb and other meat dishes and of course in peppermints, mint also contains a number of vital benefits.

Mint is rich in Vitamins A and C and also contains smaller amounts of Vitamin B2. Although mint is usually consumed in quite small quantities, these vital nutrients obtained are still very useful in maintaining our overall health. Mint also contains a wide range of essential minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, potassium and calcium.

But it is the medicinal properties of mint that have really contributed to its popularity. Mint has been used for centuries to help digestion and relieve indigestion. The chemical compound menthol (which comes from peppermint oil derived from the mint plant) can be used to help chest and respiratory problems.

Mint is also useful for a number of other conditions; it can slow the growth of many different types of bacteria and fungus which means it can be very useful in cases of bad breath or on skin disorders such as acne. It can work as a mild sedative producing calming properties; it can be used to help cool skin after sunburn and can also be used to help relieve the symptoms of colds and flu.

There is one additional benefit to mint, it is very easy to grow and gives off a wonderful scent in the garden.  It is a hardy perennial and grows quickly and vigorously. It will grow well in sunshine or shade, and will also do very well in pots of all sizes. Some people prefer to keep mint in pots to stop it spreading too far.

With mint being so easy to grow, tasting so good and having so many benefits, really it deserves more credit that is normally attributed to this very common plant.



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