Mint is widespread in the Mediterranean and Western Asia. Cultivated in the thirteenth century, mint is actually a hybrid of mint and water mint. It is a plant that reaches 30-90 cm in height, with fragrant green leaves and purple flowers.
Her name is associated with a legend told by Ovid – about the nymph Minte. Hades’ wife, Persephone, found the nymph in her husband’s hands. When she saw this, the jealous goddess turned the beautiful nymph into the mint herb to be trampled by humans, but for us, it is a fragrant and fresh herb that spreads its scent as we rub its petals.
Mint has been known since ancient times as a remedy in the form of herbs and essential oils. Hippocrates, Parcels, Avicenna wrote about her. In his medical treatise, Hippocrates mentions mint with its diuretic and stimulating properties. Galen considered it an aphrodisiac, and the Romans and Greeks wore mint wreaths on their heads. The Romans believed that the herb had the properties to improve the digestion of heavy food, as well as reduce bloating and flatulence.
Today, many scientists and therapists confirm the healing properties of mint. Margaret Ann Lembo calls it the “River of Creativity” with the affirmation “I move through life in balance and with grace.”
The medicinal plant and the essential oil obtained from the leaves have the following applications:
Physical applications – relieves muscle pain – in the back, head, and legs. It is especially useful for relieving symptoms of headaches caused by sinusitis, improving blood circulation, and cleansing the airways, which acts as an expectorant in respiratory diseases. It is also used in foot lotions – it refreshes and soothes sore feet.
Mint is especially useful in digestive disorders – helps activate gastric enzymes to detoxify the body, has a relieving e
ffect on bloating and flatulence.
Mint is a good aromatherapy ally for dentists. With its antimicrobial properties, it refreshes the breath, and with its antibacterial properties, it is suitable for preventing dental caries and gingivitis.
It is also suitable for recovery after a prolonged illness, fatigue, and anemia, as well as allergy symptoms after mosquito bites.
Therapeutic applications – calms nervous tension, lifts the spirits and mood. In this application, peppermint essential oil is useful for the CNS by regulating the excitatory processes is associated with tension and anxiety. The tonic effect of the oil on the cardiovascular system is also well known. With its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, mint helps purify the blood and is useful for acne and reddening of the skin due to inflammation. The cooling effect of the oil helps to shrink the capillaries and is a great refreshing facial tonic.
Mint improves appetite and digestion. Peppermint tea is useful for symptoms of nausea and vomiting caused by indigestion or a problem with the gastrointestinal tract.
Here is a suitable recipe – two tablespoons of fresh or dried mint leaves are added to 600 ml. boiling water. Boil for 5 minutes, strain, and optionally add honey or another sweetener.
Mint is a great painkiller. It has a beneficial effect on toothaches thanks to the wonderful property of menthol contained in the oil. This makes it an indispensable first aid kit for these pains, as well as for gingivitis. The antiseptic properties of the oil disinfect the presence of caries but do not forget to visit your dentist as soon as possible.
Here is a suitable recipe: drip a few drops of pure oil on a dry swab and place it on the tooth. This will relieve pain and inflammation.
It is difficult to pinpoint the most important properties of peppermint oil, as it has a wide range of actions. This is confirmed by the taste of the herb, which is a combination of sweet, bitter, and sour. The most tangible quality of the oil and herb when tasted or applied to the skin is cooling, but at the same time, it is traditionally described as a warming and drying agent. The warming effect of mint is related to the body’s reaction to the cold stimulus and in this respect strongly resembles camphor. Menthol is the main ingredient in mint and is responsible for most of its therapeutic effects. The oil is useful for both cold and hot diseases and this makes it suitable for colds, fever, and flu.
Mental applications – Peppermint oil stimulates clarity of mind and focus of attention, which makes it an indispensable tool for prolonged driving to keep us alert and not fall asleep. The oil is suitable for inhalation in case of mental and mental fatigue. It is suitable for freeing the mind from depressing and depressing thoughts and feelings.
For your safety, follow these recommendations:
• Never use peppermint oil undiluted, it can cause an adverse reaction on the skin, do not apply it to sensitive areas or intimate areas.
• Keep the oil away from the eyes.
• Never rub the oil on the whole body. Under its influence, you will feel like an ice block, and this can be dangerous for you.
• Use peppermint oil in small amounts.
• Do not use peppermint oil in the evening because it will keep you awake.
• Avoid using mint preparations in combination with homeopathic medicines. Mint acts as an antidote.
• Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
• Always keep the essential oil out of the reach of small children. Peppermint oil should not be used in children under 2 years of age.
Aromatherapy and Vibration Therapy – Margaret Ann Lembo,
“Aromatherapy Bible” – Daniel Riemann
“The Art of Aromatherapy” – Robert Tisserand