by Laina Poulakos
Mint has been used for more than 3000 years for its medicinal properties. In addition to drinking it in delicious tea or inhaling it, mint has even been used on the skin because of it’s amazing healing properties.
Starting with the stomach, it is excellent at helping with minor discomforts such as colic, nausea and diarrhea. Mint is also a stimulant, yet it can also be used as a good remedy to calm jittery nerves. Known as a treatment for bronchitis due to its expectorant abilities, mint can soothe when sipped as tea or inhaled through steam.
Externally, peppermint can be used on the body to treat acne (when first diluted in water), because of its astringent properties. It is a great relief for headaches by rubbing peppermint oil on the temples and forehead, diluted in a carrier oil. One can even chew peppermint gum to help a headache. Around the house, mint can become a power disinfectant.
Peppermint, spearmint and many other mints are always thought of as common, and sometimes considered a pest when they overgrow in the garden, but there are many powerful and useful properties to this miracle herb. So, in addition to freshening breath, consider incorporating mint into a daily routine for self-care.
Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and a certified aromatherapist and herbologist. For a consultation and products, call 703-851-0087 or visit MothersNatureStore.com.