When most people think of mint, they think of its application as a breath freshener. Whether it be toothpaste, mouthwash, breath mints, or chewing gum, these products overshadow the other healthy uses of mint simply because of their popularity. Here are some unique ways to use mint that aren’t just for fresher breath!
- Headache. We all know the scent of mint is associated with fresh breath, but what you probably didn’t know is that the scent can also relieve headaches. By rubbing mint oil or mint base under the nose or on the forehead, it can soothe some of the inflammation and fever symptoms that people experience with migraines.
- Digestion & Nausea. Feeling sick to your stomach? Well, instead of grabbing any of those common indigestion medicines, consider trying mint tea first. The aroma of the mint can stimulate the release of digestive enzymes from the salivary glands, which contributes to faster digestion. Menthol oil produced from mint can also help motion sickness.
- Depression or Exhaustion. Stimulation from mint is an excellent way to recharge your body. Since you can get this feeling from inhalation, one of the best ways to use it is to put a few drops of mint essential oil on your pillow.
- Sickness or Allergies. Since it’s flu season, I am sure everyone is already stocked up on over-the-counter medications. However, before taking that cold and flu medicine, try using mint leaves. These leaves can be good to make teas, jams, or desserts. The soothing effect that they have can clear up congestion and relieve coughing. It can also help pesky allergies because the leaves have been shown to have anti-histamine properties to them.
- Skin Cleansing. Dry skin bothering you as the weather gets colder? Try using mint juice to soothe your skin and reduce acne. Mint also works to treat infections caused by insect bites, but if you put it on before any bites occur, it also works as a repellant.
- Weight Loss. Mint can help you slim down throughout the holiday season! If you keep mint candies on you throughout the day, it can help to cure persistent hunger and help you eat fewer calories throughout the day. As mentioned above, eating these candies can also help stimulate digestion.
By Courtney Rosser