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Not so Known Health Benefits of Mint Herb | Pudina

Mint Leaves
Mint Leaves
Mint/Pudina in Ayurveda is a herb which arouses the senses and decongests the orifices of our head. It is aromatic menthol and rich in many chemicals, vitamins and minerals. This herbaceous plant is antibacterial and antifibrile.

Mint can be used for the treatment of illness such as headache, rhinitis, cough with sore throat, colic, vomiting, etc. Mint is a good blood cleanser. It is also used as cardiac tonic in most of the pharmaceutical preparations. Mint’s antiseptic and antibacterial property makes it effective against most cases of oral infections like swollen gums, mouth ulcers and toothaches.

Surprising Health Benefits of Mint

  • Helps in treating stomachache and chest pains. Mint leaves soaked in water to make tea can ease stomach pain and as a sleeping aid. 
  • Used to whiten teeth. Boil 6 tablespoons of Mint leaves and 2 glasses of water for 15 min. Strain the water and allow it to cool. Divide this into two portions and take each portion after 3-4 hours. This is an excellent remedy for toothaches. 
  • Crushed and bruised Mint can be used for treatment of insect bites. 
  • The strong aroma of fresh Mint leaves can stimulate brain functioning which is helpful for nausea. 
  • For headaches, crushed Mint leaves are applied on forehead and temple. 
  • For treating coughs, boil 6 tablespoons of chopped Mint leaves in 2 glasses of water for 15 min. Strain the water and allow it to cool. Divide this into 3 portions and take it 3 times a day. 
  • Take some fresh Mint leaves and heat them on low flame. Pounding and applying on painful joints or muscles when it’s still warm, helps in the relief from arthritis. 
  • For a refreshing mouthwash, soak 2 tablespoons of chopped Mint leaves in 1 glass of hot water for 30 min and then strain the water. 
  • Mint is loaded with antioxidants that are excellent for abdomen. The menthol in it helps enzymes necessary for digestion. 
  • The mint extract causes a cooling effect on the hurting area, making it numb to an extent and so one can feel the pain reducing. 
  • You can also breathe in the vapors of mint extract as it calms down the nerves and gives a relaxed feeling to whole body. 
  • The anti inflammatory and anti bacterial property of Mint makes it an excellent remedy for skin with acne. The strong antioxidant in Mint leaves a natural blush on skin and also re-hydrates the skin that is dry and gloomy. 
  • Mint is very helpful in preventing skin from inflammation, patches and blackheads. It also helps in quicker removal of dry and gloomy skin. The removal of dry skin will help pores to open, allowing skin to breathe. 
  • To avoid bad breath or to kill bacteria in mouth, chew some mint leaves regularly. 
  • Mint is packed with many nutrients and so they help in improving body’s immune system. 
  • The aromatherapy from of mint extract is used to beat stress and revitalize the mind. 
  • Inhaling the fumes of mint helps in relaxing the body and soothing the mind. 
  • Mint helps in releasing small amounts of serotonin in brain that helps a person to beat stress or depression. 
  • Mint is a great remedy for expectant mothers to treat morning sickness or nausea. Eat few leaves of Mint or smelling few crushed leaves can be very helpful.
Mint is beneficial herb and we recommend you buy organic seeds and grow your plant at home.

Common Nutritional Deficiencies that can cause Depression and Mood Disorders

Nutritional deficiencies can play a large role in maintaining and regulating the well-being of our mental health. Some of the most common known deficiencies that can weaken brain function and memory, as well as aggravate levels of stress and anxiety are discussed below.

So it would be wise to look out for these symptoms, but it's even more important to make appointments with your doctor for regular checkups during the year.


B Vitamins
B vitamins — vitamins B 6 and B12 in particular — are known for many health benefits. They can help reduce the risk of strokes, support nail growth, and moisturize skin — but they can also greatly affect your moods. A large percentage of depressed older women found to be deficient in vitamin B12.
You can find incredible amounts of B vitamins in seafood, leafy greens, bananas, fortified soy products, bran cereals, and red meat.

Vitamin D
Many people find that they become more depressed and moody during the winter months.

Due to our lifestyles these days we're exposed to lower levels of sunlight during the winter, and, as a result, many people experience a deficiency in vitamin D — which has been linked repeatedly to depression, anxiety, and weight gain.

The National Institutes of Health suggests that on average, adults should get about 600 IUs of vitamin D a day.

You can find good amounts of this nutrient in oily fish, portobello mushrooms, cod liver oil, green chillies and tofu.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fats helps to maintain your brain cell health. Without it, trans fats will enter your neural system, causing inflammation that can lead to disorders in your mood.
You can find this nutrient in fatty fish, egg yolks, flaxseed oil, walnuts, pecans, leafy greens, cold pressed olive oil, kidney beans, winter squash and dietary supplements.

On average, adults need at least 400 mcg of folate daily, and many doctors have even started prescribing something called Deplin, a folate, to treat depression in their patients.

Foods that include high folate levels include: cooked beans and lentils, spinach, asparagus, avocado, seeds and nuts, broccoli, brussels sprouts, okra, cauliflower, beetroot, bellpaper, papaya, oranges and tropical fruits.

Doctors say that selenium is required for healthy thyroid function, and, in effect, mental well-being.

This is because selenium is used to convert inactive thyroid hormones to their active form in the liver, where it's used to make antioxidants and detoxifying compounds in your body.

You can find abundant sources of selenium in foods like sunflower seeds, whole wheat bread, banana, kiwi, lichee, dates, papaya, jackfruit, tamarind, mango.

Magnesium is a powerful mineral that helps your body relax but approximately half of the population is deficient in magnesium. This is because we ingest relatively high levels of alcohol, sugar, sodas, antibiotics, and sodium, all of which can decrease levels of magnesium.

You can find a wonderful amount of magnesium in seeds, nuts, dill, basil, broccoli, spinach, soybeans, lentils, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and dried fruit.

Please SHARE if you know someone who might have a vitamin deficiency!

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