If there’s one piece of nutrition advice that we share with almost everyone, it’s to eat more dark leafy greens! From kale and arugula to parsley and mint, there are so many different options. By including greens at every meal, you’ll help improve energy, strengthen your bones, boost liver function and detoxification, and support bowel regularity. While there are many different varieties of dark leafy greens, mint is one of our favorites for summer. When added to smoothies, salads, soups or even sauces, it instantly brightens the dish. Mint also freshens the breath, cools the body, boosts the immune system and helps alleviates indigestion.
- Mint is a great leafy green to include in the hot summer months – it’s a cooling herb that also helps boost digestion and energize the body.
- Antioxidant-rich mint contains antibacterial properties that boost the immune system, help fight seasonal allergies, improve oral hygiene and relieve irritated skin.
- Enjoy mint in a smoothie or try our organic Rest + Digest Tea featuring peppermint and spearmint to help alleviate bloating and other digestive discomfort.
- Top-selling aromatherapy products in the Nourished® Boutique include our Head & Stomach Roll-On and Cravings Fighter Inhaler. Both utilize the soothing properties of peppermint essential oil to curb cravings, and to address headaches, sinus pressure/allergies and indigestion.
As you can see, this popular summer herb—which you can easily grow in a garden or pot—has a myriad of benefits. And flavor + function means a bang for your buck! Here are the five reasons to start using more mint:
- Aids Digestion: From bloating and gas to stomach aches, nausea, cramps and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), mint can help alleviate even the most painful digestive symptoms. When ingested in food or tea form, mint assists in digestion by improving the flow of stomach acid and bile, thus reducing gas, bloating and other digestive discomforts. Need help in this department? Try our organic herbal Rest + Digest Tea, featuring smoothing peppermint and spearmint.
Mint can also aid digestion through inhalation, especially with the use of aromatherapy inhalers. When small particles from highly-concentrated essential oils are inhaled, they have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and impact the mental and emotional brain. This is especially helpful for curbing hunger, minimizing cravings and alleviating nausea. Stop in for a custom-blended inhaler, or shop our pre-made blends in including our popular Cravings Fighter Inhaler.
- Fights Cold & Flu: Mint is loaded with antioxidants like Vitamin C that’s well-known for helping to fight off colds, flu, viruses and infection. Moreover, menthol, one of peppermint’s active ingredients, functions as a natural decongestant, helping to thin mucous, break up phlegm and alleviate coughing. Menthol is also very soothing. If you have a sore throat or dry cough, drinking organic peppermint tea can provide immediate relief.
When applied topically, peppermint essential oil can be used as a natural painkiller or decongestant – its cooling sensation yields a similar response to IcyHot® or Vick’s VapoRub®. Our Head & Stomach Roll-On contains soothing peppermint essential oil to fight headaches, sinus pressure/allergies, achy body parts and even indigestion.
- Eases Allergy Symptoms: Rosmarinic acid (RA) is a potent anti-inflammatory antioxidant provided by mint that helps reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Unlike over-the-counter antihistamines, RA does not just address the symptoms, it also helps to deactivate over-productive, allergy-inducing immune cells. You can reap these benefits by eating raw mint, or drinking peppermint tea. Peppermint essential oil is also helpful when inhaled or applied topically to the forehead and temples. The essential oil helps open sinus cavities to alleviate pressure, congestion and sinus headaches—yet another use for our Head & Stomach Roll-On!
- Freshens Breath: Mint contains antimicrobial properties that help kill off bacteria in the mouth and optimize oral hygiene. Chew on fresh mint leaves or rub a leaf directly on your teeth and gums to freshen the mouth and help prevent plaque formation. For a quick refresh on-the-go, place a drop of organic peppermint essential oil on your tongue and swish it around with water until the cooling sensation sets in; then spit to eliminate harmful bacteria.
- Soothes the Skin: Fresh mint is a natural mosquito repellent that also helps alleviate itching and irritation caused by mosquito bites. Beyond bug bites, this herb also helps clear up rashes and skin reactions to substances such as poison ivy and poison oak. Apply mint leaves or peppermint essential oil (always combined with a carrier oil such as organic jojoba oil) to irritated skin for immediate relief.
As you can see, mint is a great herb to have on hand! Not only is it tasty and refreshing for a hot summer day, it’s also great for boosting the immune system, beating bloat, repelling insects and optimizing dental hygiene. Add a few leaves to your morning smoothie to energize and kick-start digestion for the day. Apply peppermint essential oil to the chest, temples and forehead to relieve sinus congestion, or take a whiff for hunger and craving control, improved memory and concentration, and relief from nausea. Mint, in all forms, provides a natural solution for many everyday symptoms—an easy and inexpensive tool in your kitchen pharmacy!