Mint – Ayurvedic Herb to Cure Several Ailments
Mint, commonly known as ‘Pudina’ in India, is wildly popular in both cuisine and Ayurvedic medicines. Most Indians are familiar with mint sauce or ‘chutney’ as they locally call it, and some are crazy about it. Now that the culinary introduction is over, let us take a look at the medicinal value of this herb as outlined by Ayurveda. Mint leaves and extracts can be used to treat many health conditions.
Indigestion: Eating mint leaves is a good remedy for treating indigestion problems. It treats all the problems related to the digestive system. Mint is carminative and helps in reducing flatulence. Abdominal pain can be cured by drinking a decoction of mint leaves.
Respiratory problems: Mint and tea decoction with a teaspoon of lime juice and honey can be taken to cure common cold, fever, cough, and sore throat. Mint is antiseptic and anti-bacterial that cleans and purifies the blood.
Skin problems: Mint helps in treating pimples, acne, itching, rashes, inflammation, and burns. A fine paste of mint leaves can be applied as a face pack on the face to get rid of pimples and acne. It also acts as a good moisturizer.
Menstrual cramps: Mint has anti-spasmodic properties. Drinking a decoction of mint leaves can give relief from stomach pain and cramps during menstruation.
Headaches: Mint is a good remedy for headaches. Crushed leaves or paste of mint can be applied on the forehead to get relief from headaches. Mint is also used in some herbal balms to treat headache.
Toothache: Drinking the decoction of mint leaves not only give relief from toothache but it is also a good remedy for swollen gums, and ulcers in the mouth.
Arthritis: Heat the crushed or paste of mint leaves and apply the warm mixture on the affected joints and muscles. It gives great relief from rheumatism.
Allergies: Drink the decoction of mint leaves to get relief from allergic rhinitis, fever, cold, cough and sore throat that occur due to allergy.
Anemia: Mint is a good remedy to treat the iron deficiency disease called anemia.
Ayurvedic herbs and remedies have no side effects. Using limited quantity of mint leaves is very beneficial. However, excess use or use of mint oil may not be safe for all. Children, pregnant woman, and lactating mothers should avoid the excess use of it. Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner to make sure that you are using mint in the correct manner.
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