Excellent Home Remedies with MINT. An herb is a plant whose leaves, seeds, or flowers are used for flavoring food or in medicine. Other applications of herbs include cosmetics, dyes, and perfumes. The word derives from the Latin herba, meaning “green crops.” With species in the mint genus native to Australia, North America, Europe, and Asia, mint is an herb that includes more varieties than just the popularspearmint and peppermint. In fact, many other herbs used as seasonings come from the same family (Lamiaceae), including basil, catnip, oregano, rosemary, and sage; while wintergreen, which might be expected to be related to mint, is actually from a different family.
Unsurprisingly, mint was chewed as a breath freshener early in history. Ovid recounts the story of a nymph named Minthe or Menthe who was about to be seduced by Hades, God of the Underworld, when his wife, Persephone, coming upon them, turned her into a plant. Mint was used in Ancient Greek funeral rites, as well as in an ancient fermented barley drink.
Members of the mint family produce green bushy plants. While most varieties attain a height of 1-3 feet, they are nevertheless sometimes used as ground cover. Leaf color varies by species, and the flowers may be white, pink, or lavender.
Home Remedies with MINT
Digestive disorders including indigestion, flatulence, nausea and diarrhoea.
- Wash a medium bunch of mint leaves. Shred into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt, 1–2 tsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp each of coriander and cumin seed powder. Add some water and grind to a paste. Take 1 tsp of this paste twice a day prior to meals, or with meals.
- Chew ¼ tsp of the seeds, swallow with water.
- Mix 1 tsp mint juice with 1 tsp of lime juice and 1 tbsp honey. Take 3 times a day.
- Drink mint tea (1 tbsp of leaves, 1 cup of water), or warm milk and mint
- Mix 1 tbsp of mint juice in ½ cup of water. Use as a gargle.
- Chew mint leaves.
- Use dried mint powder to clean the mouth and teeth.
- Mix 1 tsp dried mint, ½ tsp ginger, and ½ tsp of black pepper and 2 tsp of raw sugar with 1 cup of water. Boil and drink warm.
- Boil 1 tsp of dried mint and ½ tsp of cardamom in 1 cup of water.
Pimples and acne
- Put some mint paste on affected area. Leave overnight.
Mint flavours many dishes. In India, mint chutney is used as an appetizer before meals. A traditional Indian recipe that is easy to make is mint yoghurt or Raitä. To make mint yoghurt, take ½ cup of mint leaves and grind with a little water. Add 1 tbsp of this paste to one cup of natural yoghurt. Mix well. Add a pinch of salt and some roasted cumin seeds. Serve chilled with vegetables, bread or rice.