Mint - Natural Benefits and Curative Properties
Botanical Name :: Minthe spicata
Indian Name :: Pudina
DescriptionMint is a popular spice, used extensively in Indian cooking. It is an erect, branched perennial herb with underground modified stems. The Shoots produced from these stems are four angled, and bear oval shaped leaves which are simple, delicate, thin, dark green in color and fragrant.
Origin and Distribution
Mint is a native of temperate Europe. Ancient Romans and Greeks knew about this plant. In olden days it was believed that Minthe, the damsel laver of God Pulto, was transferred into. this herb due the anger of Persephane, the wife of Pulto and Goddess of Wealth. Therefore mint is commonly known as Minthae in Latin. The ancient Greek physician, Saufarsats used mint in the preparation of various carminative medicines. Even Mohammedan physicians were familiar with this herb. Chinese and Japanese knew this herb as long as two thousand years. Mint has now been introduced in all parts of the world and it widely grows in Indonesia, West Africa etc. In India, mini grows widely in Himalayan plains and Kashmir valley in a number of varieties.
Food Value of MintMint contains plenty of vitamins and is rich in several minerals. The fresh and dried leaves are used for mint sauce and jelly and to flavor foods. Mint oil is used in chewing gum, tooth paste and in confectionery and pharmaceutical preparations.
Natural Benefits and Curative Properties of Mint
Mint is much valued as a carminative which relieves gastric discomforts, stimulant, antispasmodic which relieves muscle strain and stomachic for improving appetite. It forms an ingredient of most drugs prescribed for stomach ailments because of its digestive properties It is good for the liver and helps dissolve gravel in the kidneys and bladder.
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