21 Ways Mint Can Change Your Life (and How to Grow an Endless Supply at Home)
10. Stress Relieving Bath
Bathing in soothing warm water is one of the easiest and most blissful ways to relax and unwind after a hard day. But adding a little mint oil or a couple of handfuls of fresh mint leaves to the tub may double its stress relieving effect – the menthol naturally present in the mint acts as a muscle relaxant, helping work out stress-induced aches and pains.
11. Quell Nausea and Aid Digestion
According to the University of Maryland, peppermint helps to soothe an upset stomach and aid digestion by relaxing the muscles of the digestive tract. It’s also said to make the flow of bile more efficient and act as a carminative, meaning it helps to ease gas and associated symptoms.
For maximum relief, steep one teaspoon of fresh or dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water and drink. Repeat four or five times a day, between meals.
12. Natural Body Deodorizer
Antiperspirants and deodorants are loaded with toxins which can cause health issues, and damage the environment. Why not aim to smell sweet naturally instead by eating more fresh mint? Herbs like mint, basil, parsley, sage and rosemary are all said to be natural body deodorizers.
13. Improve your Work and Workouts!
Whether you’re looking to supercharge your time at the gym, or simply become more alert in the workplace, then start utilizing the powers of your peppermint plant.
Research from the Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia found that athletes who sniffed peppermint during exercise ran faster, had greater grip strength and could do more push-ups than those who did not. Smelling mint can help in everyday life too – it can improve clerical work, including typing accuracy and speeds, as well as helping you stay more alert while driving.
It’s just another reason to bring a flask of homemade mint tea on your morning commute or stash a vial of mint essential oil in your gym bag.
14. Curb Your Appetite
Dieters can use the power of their potted mint plants to curb their hunger!
When researchers looked at the effect of peppermint on hunger levels, they found that simply smelling the peppermint led study subjects to eat ‘significantly fewer’ total calories, calories from saturated fat, total fat and sugar.
Participants also rated their hunger levels and food cravings as significantly lower than those who did not inhale the peppermint.
The next time hunger pangs strike, try chewing on a few fresh mint leaves or adding your homemade oil to your essential oil diffuser.
15. Oral Health
Mint is a natural anti-microbial agent and breath freshener, making it the perfect addition to your oral hygiene routine. For instantly fresh breath, chew on mint leaves, or sip on a cup of mint tea.
You could also whip up your own natural mint-flavored toothpaste and give your teeth a good scrub – helping to contribute to oral health, all while curbing your appetite and avoiding unnecessary toxins found in conventional pastes.
16. Allergy Relief
Mint plants contain an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent – rosmarinic acid – which may be a natural way of relieving the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies, according to recent research.
While more work needs to be done on the subject, there’s no harm in upping your intake of fresh mint – through teas or the many recipes listed above – to see if you experience any relief from the typical allergy-induced runny nose and itchy eyes.
17. Reduce the Pain Associated with Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding offers plenty of benefits for both mother and child, but it can frequently lead to pain for the mother. However, a couple of studies indicate that peppermint water or gel may offer some relief!
Researchers found that peppermint water is effective in preventing nipple cracks and nipple pain in first-time mothers who are breastfeeding. Apply cool mint-infused water to the affected area several times daily for pain relief.
18. Headache Cure
Peppermint oil can help reduce the pain associated with tension headaches – it has a cooling effect on the skin, inhibits muscle contractions and stimulates blood flow.
For best results, dilute two to three drops of peppermint oil with coconut oil and rub it into the shoulders, forehead and back of the neck at the onset of symptoms.
19. Clear Sinuses and Nasal Congestion
Drink homemade mint tea during cold and flu season. Not only will the warm liquid sooth the throat but mint is a natural decongestant which opens the nasal passages – perfect for clearing out your sinuses.
Those with chest congestion can also harness the powers of peppermint, thanks to the fragrant and effective chest salve.
20. Sunburn Relief
When sunburn strikes, calm your angry red skin with an infusion of black tea and fresh mint. The tannic acid in the tea draws heat from the burn and restores the skin’s natural pH while the mint cools and soothes.
21. Repel Insects and Fleas
Keep your home free from pests by placing sprigs of mint by doors and windows (or spraying diluted essential oil in these areas). It’s sure to repel mosquitoes, ants, spiders and more.
Look after your pet’s health too by deterring fleas from their bedding. Tuck two parts fresh mint, one part fresh thyme and one part fresh wormwood inside a small pillow and place it near Fido’s bed.