How can peppermint help our health

Mint: Refreshingly healthy

Status: 07/12/2020 12:29 p.m.
Mint is also used as a medicinal plant.

Mint smells refreshing, has a healing effect and tastes delicious. It is one of the most popular herbs. The plant with the bluish stem and dark green, slightly hairy leaves was grown in England around 300 years ago. Moroccan mint looks a little different: it has light green leaves and tastes milder and lighter. Spearmint, on the other hand, has a higher menthol content and a correspondingly strong aroma.

Peppermint is harvested all summer until November. Its leaves have the strongest effect when the plant is about to bloom. Their typical taste spices up desserts, summer drinks, salads, but also meat and chutneys. But mint can do even more: It is also used as a medicinal plant.

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Peppermint oil is good for headaches

The oil, menthol, is responsible for the medicinal properties of mint. It helps with tension headaches as well as acetaminophen, studies have shown. When peppermint oil is applied locally to the skin, cold and pressure receptors are stimulated, even in small quantities, and heat and pain receptors in high concentrations. Menthol causes a change in the cell membrane with increased electrical activity. High concentrations of menthol have a local anesthetic effect. Peppermint oil can also inhibit the effects of the pain nerve messengers serotonin and substance P. Both substances play a crucial role in the development of headaches.

Antiseptic and expectorant properties

Due to its antiseptic and expectorant properties, mint oil is helpful for colds, colds and flu. Instead of nasal drops, simply dab a few drops of mint oil under your nose. However, this is not recommended for sensitive skin and the oil should never get on the mucous membranes.

Mint: Tips on Growing

Mint needs a sunny to partially shaded location and nutrient-rich, moist soil. Not all species are winterproof. It can also be grown well in a pot.

Peppermint helps with stomach and intestinal problems

Peppermint oil can also be used internally - especially for digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome. A number of studies show that symptoms such as flatulence or abdominal pain decrease. Peppermint oil has an antispasmodic and gas-reducing effect, and it promotes bile production. It also stimulates the appetite and promotes gastric juice secretion. People with inflamed mucous membranes, gall bladder and liver damage should better avoid peppermint oil and tea.

Mint is also indispensable in cosmetics: it cleans, clarifies, detoxifies and decongests.

Experts on the subject

Prof. Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Hartmut Göbel, specialist in neurology, special pain therapy, psychotherapy
Pain Clinic Kiel
Heikendorfer Weg 9-27, 24149 Kiel
(0431) 200 99-0
www.schmerzklinik.de

Thomas Sannmann
Demeter nursery Sannmann
Ochsenwerder Norderdeich 50
21037 Hamburg
(040) 73 71 21 71
www.sannmann.com

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