Peppermint is a famous plant that has various applications: in cooking, cosmetology, and in the treatment of certain diseases. There are many types of mint, which will differ slightly from each other, primarily in the composition of essential oils and, accordingly, properties.
Peppermint: useful properties
It is peppermint that received the greatest fame; its leaves contain a large amount of menthol. It is due to the essential oils and menthol, this type of plant is widely used in the means of traditional and folk medicine, cosmetology, etc.
As you know, menthol is included in most boltushki for the treatment of skin diseases, toothpastes, which are aimed at the treatment and prevention of halitosis (unpleasant smell from the mouth), is used in the treatment of pathologies of the respiratory tract, etc.
The benefits of mint have been known for a long time and all over the world. Its useful properties do not cause doubts and are generally recognized among physicians, it is not in vain that the plant is used in the preparation of many medicinal and cosmetic preparations.
- First of all, peppermint is an excellent diuretic that will help remove excess fluid from the body. Persons who eat a lot of salt, just need to regularly drink tea with mint, or pure tea from mint.
- Also, the plant has a choleretic property, therefore, in total with a diuretic, can be used as a means for losing weight. But do not abuse this drink, it is important to remember about possible contraindications and consequences.
- Peppermint can also be used as an antiemetic, for this you need to mix a couple of drops of mint and pomegranate juice. This mixture will help to stop nausea and vomiting, which is especially important for women in the position.
- Mint, among other things, is an excellent sedative. In order to relieve anxiety and calm down a little, it is enough to drink a cup of mint tea. And as a basis, you can use both black and green tea.
- In addition, mint has a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect, and it is pepper, other plant species have a less pronounced effect; analgesic effect, so it can be used for headaches and migraines.
- In cosmetology, mint is most often used to treat and strengthen hair. It is recommended to rinse the hair with a decoction of the plant after shampooing, but after using such a "balsam-rinse" you can not use a hairdryer, the curls should dry on their own. Such a tool will give the strands a healthy shine, will stimulate the growth processes and will relieve split ends.
- To relieve itching and symptoms of inflammation of sensitive and delicate skin will help lotion with a decoction of mint.
Mint tea: useful properties of the drink
Tea with mint, due to the sedative effect, will help relieve anxiety, fall asleep. The drink from the grass alone is successfully used for cosmetic procedures at home. It is enough to boil the mint, and freeze the resulting broth. Massage with ice cubes will stimulate blood circulation, make the skin supple and soft. Will help to give freshness to the face daily washing with a decoction of peppermint.
Mint tea will help to breathe more easily to a cold patient, due to inhalation of menthol there is a decrease in swelling of the nasal mucosa.
Hypertensive patients are recommended to drink mint tea regularly, as it can restore blood pressure to normal values.
Many women note that mint tea is a feminine drink. And there are several reasons for this. First, regular intake of the drink will help reduce hair growth on the body (and the curls on the head will not be affected!). Secondly, it reduces the unpleasant symptoms that accompany a woman in menopause, during menstruation.
Mint: main contraindications
Contrary to popular belief, mint is not such a harmless plant as it seems at first glance. It is worth remembering that in the first place this drug, therefore, mint has not only useful properties, but also contraindications.
Studies conducted by scientists have proven that mint will be contraindicated for people with low blood pressure, suffering from diseases of the urinary system, children under 6 years old (!) And nursing mothers.
Recently, it is increasingly possible to hear that tea with mint is contraindicated in men. First of all, it is associated with a decrease in sexual desire, libido. Tea with mint cannot provoke impotence, but the desire for sexual contact can dull it. But at the same time, as soon as tea with mint disappears from the daily diet, everything will return to normal.
Even medicinal plants with a wide spectrum of action have their own contraindications, a list that everyone who uses phytotherapy should know. In any case, to achieve the best effect, a measure is needed in everything. Abusing any drink of medicinal plants, you can provoke a number of complications. For mint - excessive drowsiness, loss of efficiency, lowering blood pressure, etc.