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Mint herbal tea: the benefits
Surely at least once it happened to everyone and a widespread practice to combat all kinds of diseases is the use of drugs. In the twentieth century these have taken hold in people's lives and by now they have taken the habit of using them even for the slightest annoyance, perhaps due to issues of comfort and speed in remedying them. In reality still few people, in the moments of necessity, turn to the use of remedies of natural origin at least for mild disturbances of the organism. This way of acting is not very common especially due to the fact that the medicinal and healing properties of most of the plants we deal with every day are unknown, starting with the aromatic herbs used in the kitchen, to get to the aloe plants that many people grow ornamental plants in their own garden.
Even the mint that is used a lot both for the creation of culinary delights and for the production of solutions, balms, pastes for personal hygiene, has excellent healing properties against mild disturbances that may appear sporadically and can be eliminated in a short time .
The use of mint as a natural remedy against ailments has very ancient origins and traces of it can still be found in the Brazilian popular tradition. Especially in small villages the role of doctor was entrusted to the healers who used in this regard a particular type of mint typical of their territories, the Hyptis crenata which played an important role in the treatment of headaches and abdominal pains.
A research carried out by a group of scholars from the University of Newcastel revealed that this mint species contains substances that function like indomethacin, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug with analgesic effect. Tests have been made on the use of mint in the laboratory against the disorders listed above and excellent results have been obtained in this regard.
For what types of disorders mint can be used in the form of herbal tea
It actually has significant properties and many problems beyond headache and abdominal pain can be used for resolution.
For example, it is used when variations in the normal intestinal flora occur. These lead to symptoms such as digestive problems, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Always linked to the digestive tract is the remarkable ability that the mint has to favor the expulsion of gas accumulated in the intestine.
This proprosite can also refer to the use of mint tea against nausea caused by car sickness.
Instead, by shifting attention to seasonal ailments such as sore throats, the herbal tea in question can be useful for blocking inflammation, exploiting its properties, albeit mild, of antimicrobial.
In conjunction with the arrival of the cold season, or with the crossing of intense periods, the headache may appear. Even in this circumstance mint exhibits its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving action, reducing the problem or eliminating it altogether.
Another symptom that can appear during periods of stress or particular nervousness is rash and redness, which can be alleviated with mint infusion packs.
The mint herbal tea is also an excellent refreshing and regenerating beverage especially if consumed fresh and during the hottest periods of the year. We must not forget that it can also be drunk hot and will therefore have refreshing but also relaxing properties.
All types of mint can be used
For the preparation of mint tea the advice is to use the species
Hyptis crenata whose beneficial properties have been studied and approved by researchers. This species is found without too much trouble in the herbalist shops in the dried form. The same scholars have also affirmed that, if it were not possible to buy the species mentioned above, the common peppermint, which can also be grown in one's own garden, is perfect for herbal teas and infusions because it has the same beneficial properties.
The leaves are used mainly of the plant, which are the richest and most active parts and the stems and roots are excluded.
How to prepare the herbal tea
Like all herbal teas it is a mint infusion in hot water. There are no precise quantities to be respected for the preparation, but in most cases they are created at will.
Proceed as follows:
Take the mint leaves and chop them with even coarse pieces of hands; in the meantime, boil some water to taste (usually as much as a cup of tea) and once it is ready, the previously shredded leaves are placed inside. It is left to infuse for 8-10 minutes then the liquid is filtered. You can sweeten according to taste or drink naturally. The mint herbal tea can be enjoyed fresh or hot, perhaps depending on the season. In the case of prevention of car sickness it must be taken for the two days prior to the trip 3 times a day, perhaps drinking a minimum amount of herbal tea for each time. The day the trip is scheduled, prepare it and put it in a thermos so you can always have it with you.
Mint herbal tea: Tips
Do not abuse this drink as it could create situations of irritation of the intestinal tract as well as insomnia and irritability.