Health benefits of mint
- Allergies - The antioxidant known as rosmarinic acid that is found in mint has been linked to relief from seasonal allergies.
- Common cold - Mint contains menthol, which is a natural decongestant that helps to break up mucus and phlegm. Mint can also help to soothe sore throats - especially when combined with tea.
- Indigestion - The soothing and calming benefits of mint herb can aid digestion, helping to relieve stomach upsets.
- IBS - Many people with IBS will be treated with peppermint oil which helps to alleviate symptoms such as abdominal pain and discomfort.
- Skin - When applied topically in oil, lotion or ointment form, mint provides a cooling sensation, and helps to reduce swelling caused by insect bites, rashes and other reactions.
- Curry - Mint is commonly used to flavour Middle Eastern dishes, so when you're making a curry add some finely chopped mint leaves to spruce it up.
- Lamb - Mint is a traditional accompaniment to lamb, so for a more modern twist you could try infusing the meat with mint and garlic and then roasting on the BBQ.
- Vegetable salads and soups - Why not give your vegetable salads and soups a minty zest? You could try a pea and mint soup recipe or add chopped mint to a feta cheese, asparagus and spinach salad dish.
- Water - Adding mint leaves and cucumber to your water will provide a refreshing treat.
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