Minty fresh goodness

It’s time for mint to shine this summer!

Yes, this lovely herb is far more useful than being a mere garnish on a dessert or a flavour in your mojito! Mint has many health benefits and has been used throughout the ages to treat a variety of ailments.

So why and how should you be making the most of it? Let’s take a look:

  • Mint contains a little potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin A
  • Mint’s antioxidant properties help to prevent cell damage
  • Menthol, found in mint, may act as a decongestant, relieving the symptoms of colds and flu
  • Mint has anti-microbial properties and boosts oral health
  • Mint tea has many reported benefits from relieving a sore throat to aiding digesting to soothing a sore stomach. Peppermint tea especially is used to reduce bloating.
  • Mint contains an anti-inflammatory substance which shows some promise in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms
  • Mint oil has a wonderfully cooling effect and is used often in lotions and ointments
  • Mint tea may also help with reducing feelings of stress-related tension

Mint has a very strong flavour, which varies slightly depending on the type of mint you use. Throw a handful into smoothies or juices, sprinkle into salads or make your own tea:

  • Place a handful of fresh, bruised mint leaves in a large container or in a tea ball which you can then place in the container.
  • Add about 3 cups of boiling water and leave it for 10 – 15 minutes
  • Scoop out the mint leaves with a slotted spoon or remove the tea ball
  • Serve hot, at room temperature or add a few ice cubes and serve chilled

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