Mint

Mint is a herb with abundant benefits. It is extensively used in several toothpaste brands, beauty products and in various other products as an added flavor. Mint leaves are also used in the kitchen to infuse their aromatic flavor in some of the most common recipes. Mint leaves rank amongst the top healthiest ingredients that contain anti-oxidants and vitamins necessary for the body. Mint leaves, when included in the diet, can have several benefits. Some of them are listed below:

Smoother digestion:

Digestion is an important process that directly and indirectly impacts many other components of the body. Apart from being an appetizer, mint leaves are also known for treating problems relating to acidity, indigestion, and inflammation. If your stomach is running or you feel sick because of your stomach, mint tea can be an excellent option to address all digestion related issues. An easy recipe for mint leaves is as below:

Recipe for Mint Tea-

Mint flavor of the herb activates the salivary glands. This enhances the digestion process and relieves from common headaches & nausea related troubles. A short, a simple mint tea recipe can have many big benefits!

  • Wash mint leaves (4-5 leaves) and place them in a cup of water.
  • Boil water for about 4 minutes. Feel the aroma of the mint mixing with the water.
  • Now add tea leaves.
  • Mix well and enjoy your mint tea!

 A simple solution to respiratory problems:

In the era of pollution, health issues like respiratory problems, cold due to sudden climatic changes and lung infection have become quite common. Mint is one remedy for many respiratory problems. For instance, if you have a blocked nose, or if you feel congestion in your lungs or regions near the lungs, mint can help address all these problems at once. Even the doctors recommend Mint to asthma patients in order to provide them with instant relief from congestion. This is why there are so many inhalers or balms composed of mint leaves in the market.

Recipe for Mint Salad

Salads are the most common diet recommended for people suffering from problems like Asthma. Salads contain many other beneficial ingredients that additionally contribute to weight loss, refreshment, etc. Let’s get into a salad recipe that uses mint leaves to enhance its benefits-

  • Take 2-3 cups of spinach leaves on a serving plate
  • Arrange half cut avocado and cantaloupe in a circular ring over the spinach leaves in the same serving plate
  • Now sprinkle a half cup diced red bell pepper
  • Sprinkle 2 tbsp freshly chopped mint leaves evenly
  • To this, add one tbsp of mint apply jelly, 1-2 tbsp of white wine vinegar and 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • Finally, add one minced clove garlic before mixing the ingredients well. Your healthy salad is ready!

Weight loss

The third and the most important benefit of mint is weight loss. Since, mint directly contributes to the efficiency of the digestive system, it has the ability to catalyze weight loss process by several times. Hence, it is important to include mint in day to day diet plans to enhance the chances of weight loss and better nutrient/protein absorption.

Recipe for Mint Chutney

We are often nowadays exposed to a lot of fat sauces, mixes, flavors and forgotten the classic chutneys. Chutneys are a great replacement to sauces and can be a powerful flavor with most fast foods. It can also accompany a toast and make it even  tastier. The best part is it can be refrigerated and be used for at least 3-4 days once prepared.

  • Take 2 cups of mint leaves, one cup of coriander which is chopped and 1 tbsp of pomegranate seeds.
  • Add half cup onions (sliced), 1-2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of sugar (optional) and about 2 tbsp of green chilies (chopped).
  • Add salt to this mixture as per your taste needs and blend the mix in a mixer using a little bit of water.
  • Your mint chutney is ready for use!

Other Mint benefits-

Mint leaves are also known to improve alertness and concentration. More than all, they can prevent frequent memory loss. This makes it an essential recipe ingredient for people of all age groups. Also, if you are allergic to seasons or some other normal changes, mint leaves can help strengthen your immune system to overcome such allergies to an extent. The use of mint as a mouth freshener is very popular. Additionally, research suggests that mint leaves can fight depression and fatigue too.

So many benefits of the mint leaves force us not to avoid this magical herb for day to day recipes. All 3 recipes listed above are easy to make, consume about 15 minutes of time and have immense health benefits. They can be consumed daily, unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients!