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Mint infusion, propertiesand how to prepare it at home from fresh or dried mint. Natural remedies based on mint leaves.
Mint, aromatic plant
There mint is a herbaceous plant known and widespread all over the world. The leaves of the mint they are used to flavor omelettes, jams, decoctions, teas, infusions and many dishes. Mint is widely used in folk medicine as well as in cooking. Mint can be grown easily at home, in pots or in the garden. It resists the cold and does not require much care. If you have just bought a mint plant, here's how to use its leaves to prepare decoctions and infusions. On this page we will see how to make a mint tea and what its properties are.
Mint infusion, properties
The properties of the mint infusion they have been known since the times of the Greeks and Romans, indeed, there are even earlier testimonies. This aromatic was already cultivated by Egyptians, Arabs and loved by the emperors of ancient China.
In the beginning the mint it was exploited for hers property calming and for the ability to alleviate and resolve intestinal disorders. The properties of the mint infusion emerge in the most avant-garde scientific texts but it is also mentioned in the Old Testament as a suitable essence to perfume the table and "uplift the spirit". What's true? Much.
When taken by infusion, the mint can give excellent property therapeutic. It seems that the mint infusions they can stimulate digestion and prevent the formation of intestinal gas by helping to overcome the colic of the abdominal organs.
Other properties of mint is attributable to its slight anesthetic effect: the mint it would alleviate nausea and vomiting. It would be a good natural remedy for headaches, especially if caused by poor digestion and too low blood pressure.
Among his beneficial properties, the mint, includes a tonic action. In addition, the mint infusions they pride themselves on relieving anxiety, mental fatigue and menstrual pain.
Mint essential oil for internal use
Supporters of herbal medicine and natural remedies recommend the use of 1-2 drops of essential oil of mint as an antiseptic of the airways to purify and decongest them in case of cold or sinusitis. Two drops of peppermint essential oil can be extremely helpful in case of difficult digestion, a heavy stomach and a swollen belly. For all the properties of mint essential oil, for its use and where to buy it, I refer you to an in-depth article:mint essential oil for internal use.
L'mint essential oil for internal use it is perfect to add to any herbal tea to support its properties.
How to prepare a mint tea
Unlike the decoction which causes the loss of part of the volatile active ingredients contained in the leaves of mint, the infusions manage to keep the beneficial properties of the herbaceous plant.
To prepare a mint infusion just add 5-6 fresh leaves in the filter of a cup for infusions and herbal teas. You will then need to add boiling water, cover with the appropriate blanket and leave to infuse for 5-10 minutes. Before consuming the drink must be filtered. The mint infusion is drunk after meals.
To prepare a mint tea with dried mint leaves, you only need a teaspoon.
Infusion of mint and cinnamon
Cinnamon (Ciannamomum zelanicum) has strong digestive properties. An infusion of mint and cinnamon can help digest a very rich and elaborate meal. Just add a pinch of cinnamon (still intact or in powder form) in the mint infusion. In this way, the infusion obtained will be an excellent natural remedy to help difficult digestion.
Infusion of mint and ginger
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)it has strong anti-nausea properties as well as digestive properties. In case of indigestion with a sense of nausea or vomiting, an infusion of mint and ginger root can be an excellentnatural remedy.
Infusion of mint, contraindications
There mint it is an excellent flavoring and can be added to many recipes: soups, sauces, salads, fillings, omelettes, desserts, ice creams, herbal teas, liqueurs…. Sometimes, however, it should be used with caution: the mint has the ability to relax the muscles of the gastro-intestinal system and would aggravate those precarious situations for the stomach such as hiatal hernia and gastro-oesophageal reflux.
In these cases, it is better to put the mint aside and use othersherbal teas to digest, maybe an infusion of lemon peel can be useful!