Mint Health Benefits, Nutrition and Herb Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Mint

  • Mint tea has natural healing properties that many people know about and has been used as a remedy for bloating and stomach cramps since hundreds of years ago.
  • According to some studies, drinking green tea with mint regularly helps lower the risk of cancer and at the same time, aids digestion.
  • The herb is also frequently used as natural breath freshener to reduce bad breath. This is one of the most famous mint herb properties. Due to this, mint is always added as an important ingredient in toothpaste making.
  • Mint is also an organic diuretic and is well-known for its capability to relieve colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Many reckon that, because of its fluoride content, dried mint leaves are able to whiten one's teeth and get rid of tough stains such as tea and coffee. 

Mint Oil Health Properties

  • The mint oil is said to be able to help reduce the pain due to hemorrhoids.
  • The oil has menthol that is good for the sinuses when breathed in.
  • The mint oil can also be applied as a rub to relieve muscle pain.
  • It is available in many non-prescription items from sun burn relief to antiseptics to nasal sprays and cough drops.
  • Herbal healthcare specialists are convinced that inhaling incense made of mint oil helps clear your mind and relaxes the nervous system.
  • The oil contains a number of antioxidant properties and may be applied as an anti-itch for insect bites as well as other minor skin irritations

Facts about Mint Herb

Fresh Mint Herb Leaves

Mint (scientific name Mentha) is an herb which has a lot more varieties than merely the favorite peppermint and spearmint. Actually, a number of other natural herbs used as seasonings in cooking belong to the same Lamiaceae family. That includes sage, rosemary, oregano, catnip, and basil.

Herbs belong to the mint family usually produce green bushy plants. Even though nearly all varieties achieve a height of 30-90 cm, they are nonetheless taken as ground cover sometimes. Leaf color of mint varies, depends on the species, while the flowers can be lavender, pink, or white.

While cooking, mint is added in desserts, on lamb, fish, jellies, cold and hot drinks, soups as well as offering a cooling contrast to salsas and chilies. In a commercial sense, mint is commonly used to be a flavoring in food and drinks, candies, and gums. In skin care items, mint is added into skin toners, creams, facial masks and body lotion. 

Mint Nutrition Information and Calories

Nutrition Facts of 2 tablespoons (11 g) Fresh Spearmint
Calories 5 kcal
Total Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 0 g


Mint Recipe

Mint Tea

2 cups water
15 leaves fresh mint

Bring the water to a boil. Put the fresh mint leaves in a tea strainer.
Pour the hot boiling water over. Allow the leaves to steep for 5 minutes.
Add honey according to your preference and serve.

Mint Side Effects

Mint may have some side effects if taken in large amounts. That is why the consumption of mint needs to be restricted. When flu, you may boil mint with water and this mixture can then be mixed with coffee or tea. However once you have recovered the intake must be reduced.

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