Mint is a medicinal plant
Mint is a plant species, which includes 42 species. They all contain a lot of menthol and are very aromatic. Due to this, they are often used in medicine, cooking and horticulture.
Ironically, different types of mint have different odors, because they contain their own set of essential oils, and in general they possess various chemical compositions. But they are all very pleasing, and attract not only people but also animals. Suffice it to recall at least cat mint (her smell, by the way, causes physical pleasure in cats).
Different types of mint are used for various purposes. Some are good in cooking, while others are in perfumes, others are used at all for decorative purposes. But if we talk about the medicinal properties of the plant, then only one of its species – mint pepper – is stronger than the rest.
Description of peppermint
This species has a straight branched stalk, a height of 0.5-1 meters. On it there are jagged leaves, pink flowers and fruits (four small nuts).
Properties of peppermint
The plant contains a large number of useful substances: essential oil, resinous and tannic substances, carotene, routine, betaine, arginine, flavonoids, various acids, fatty oils and trace elements. All this makes the plant extremely useful.
In medicine, only mint leaves are usually used. They are either dried (to prepare teas, tinctures, extracts), or they are processed for the production of medical preparations. Thanks to this it is possible to extract huge benefits:
– Helps with diseases of the lungs and upper respiratory tract (especially in inflammation). Also used for coughing and cold.
– It is a good antiseptic in inflammatory processes.
– Helps with heartburn and nausea.
– Improves the healing of burns.
– It weakens or relieves toothache (rinse is applied).
In addition, peppermint has a calming effect, relieves headaches and improves appetite.