Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The many benefits and uses of mint

Versatile mint would demand a lengthy post to sing the praises of its many benefits and uses.  This post will get you started and inspire you to discover more of mint's bounty.

Mint is a refreshing herb for summer.  In ayurveda, mint is invigorating for low-energy kapha and also cooling for over-heated pitta.  It is used to treat digestive issues and stimulate the appetite.

Mint is my go-to for working with issues of 5th chakra, however, mint can be a useful 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th chakra herb.

3rd. Promote digestion and assist with digestive upset, relieve gas and relax the digestive muscles. After-dinner mint tea is soothing to the stomach or a diluted mint oil may be massaged onto the belly.

4th & 6th. Mint essential oil can be diffused into the air or a drop or two placed on a tissue for inhalation to open breathing passages and clear congestion.

5th. Use to open and soothe the throat for clear communication, mint tea or gargle is effective before speaking engagements or important discussions.  Diluted essential oil rubbed on the throat enhances this effect.

6th. Mint is used to soothe headaches. Massage the herb-infused or diluted essential oil into the temples. Mint also cools the skin and the temper.

In fact, mint makes a welcome sore muscle rub for any part of the body, especially invigorating for tired feet.

  • Add a couple drops of essential oil to a warm bath or foot bath. 
  • Infuse the fresh or dried herb in your favourite carrier oil for a body or foot rub.  
  • Add beeswax and a bit of mint essential oil to your mint-infused oil for a cold and cough chest rub or add shea or cocoa butter to the infused oil for a hydrating foot butter.

In aromatherapy, mint is used to energize, increase alertness and for stress relief.

Mint is just as versatile and beneficial when used in the diet.  Soothing the stomach and freshening breath.  Keep in mind... too much of a good thing... excessive essential oil can add to headaches and nausea.  Mint can cause upset tummy if consumed in large quantity, so enjoy responsibly :)

Simple mint tisane
Infuse fresh, gently bruised mint leaves in a pitcher of water placed in the sun to make sun-tea or add to your water bottle during yoga, hiking or other activity for a refreshing pick-me-up.

A few diced leaves make an aromatic and flavourful addition to a mixed berry fruit salad.

On a hot day, these mojito-sicles make great pitta popsicles as they relieve the heat in the body and the mind from excess pitta dosha.  The lime and coconut also lend cooling properties as well as electrolytes needed to restore balance after strenuous exercise.

Investigate, explore and experiment with this gorgeous, green, revitalizing friend.  The uses are endless for restoring balance, naturally.

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As with all essential oils, consult a physician if pregnant, breastfeeding, have an existing health condition or for children, before use.  Mint is not recommended while taking homeopathic treatments as it is believed to reduce effectiveness.  The information posted here is not intended to diagnose or treat conditions but simply as information.

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