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Benefits of Mint And Its Side Effects

Mint, scientifically known as mentha, is a highly aromatic and freshening herb widely used for culinary purposes and in creams, toothpastes, chewing gums, breath fresheners, candies and as a combo with chocolate in cookies and cakes. Mint is a common cultivational occurrence most of which near water bodies and grows all through the year. It also is widely used in cosmetic products, in aromatherapy and in naturally made insecticides.

Benefits of Mint And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Mint
Nutritional Value of Mint
Health Benefits of Mint
Treats asthma
Helps the process of digestion
Keeps respiratory disorders at bay
Aids in weight loss
Prevents from allergies
Strengthens the liver
Ensures oral hygiene
Prevents memory loss
Renders healthy skin
Prevents from depression
Aids in breastfeeding
Prevents cancer
Uses of Mint
Side-Effects & Allergies of Mint
Cultivation of Mint

Mint

In Greek mythology, mint has been termed as the herb of hospitality and rightly so. In its early days of discovery, mint was used as a room freshener only until later when the numerous other benefits it could provide came to light. Commonly known as pudina in India, mint is widely used in Middle Eastern, Indian, British and American cuisines in the form of tea, beverage, candies, jellies, syrup, ice cream, etc.

Nutritional Value of Mint

Mint leaves contain the highest amount of antioxidants than any other existing herb. The essential oils that mint is composed of contain phenolic acids, phytosteron, saponins, triterpines, flanovoid, carotenoids, anthocyanins, etc. For over 2000 years, mint oil has been widely used by ancient homo-sapiens for a variety of purposes. The oil is now widely used in the preparation of confectionaries, liquor, perfumes and for treatment of a variety of conditions.

Health Benefits of Mint

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Mint
Health Benefits of Mint

Treats asthma

Mint possesses relaxant properties and is considered to be extremely useful for asthma patients as it relieves congestion in the nasal pipe. However, the quantity and frequency of mint usage needs to be kept in check as excess use might lead to irritation in the nose and stomach.

Helps the process of digestion

Mint possesses soothing and cleanses porperties. It prevents inflammation in the stomach, cleanses the palates and promotes the process of digestion. This happens as a result of the salivary glands being activated on consumption of mint that enable the digestive enzymes to be produced in adequate quantities.

Keeps respiratory disorders at bay

Mint has been in the form of tea or chewed raw used for clearing congestion in the throat, nose, bronchi and lungs. It helps in soothing and cooling the nose, throat and the respiratory channels and preventing a prolong disorder that usually starts with asthma or common cold. Mint is an effective natural cure for the said condition a d is thus widely used in the preparation of balms and ointments.

Aids in weight loss

Mint consumption ensures that you lose the extra flab in a healthy manner. Mint enables the release of digestive enzymes that further on consume the fat content of the body in order to produce energy. This ensures that instead of the fat getting accumulated in the body, it used in fact to produce more energy.

Prevents from allergies

The essential oils present in the composition of mint are widely known to resist the release of certain chemicals in the body that lead to seasonal allergies and hay fever, also called rhinitis. Mint is best to be consumed fresh in its raw form or in the form of mint tea to keep away from allergies.

Strengthens the liver

Mint is known to effectively boot the performance of the liver. Owing to the presence of nutritional essential oils and properties such as relaxing and soothing, mint is a highly beneficial herb to enhance the liver strength.

Ensures oral hygiene

Mint is a popular breath freshener and is equipped with germicidal tendencies. It prevents bacterial growth in the mouth in addition to ensuring a clean tongue and gums. Mint is thus, a very popular ingredient used in the preparation of toothpastes, mouthwash and chewing mints.

Prevents memory loss

People who are regular consumers of mint are known to be highly cognitive and mentally alert. Mint is widely known to be an effective stimulate that promotes long term memory retention and a pronounced alertness.

Renders healthy skin

Mint possesses antipruritic and antiseptic properties and ensures that the skin is thoroughly cleansed. It helps prevent and cure skin infections, itchiness and reduces acne apart from rendering a fresh glow and smooth skin. It treats and eliminates scars caused due to bites of insects like mosquitoes, honeybees, wasps, gnats and hornets. It subsides inflammation and is thus a common ingredient used in drug-repellant ointments.

Prevents from depression

Mint is a highly aromatic natural stimulant that creates a boost of energy in the body. It can be applied in the form of oil or inhaled in the form of vapor to relieve depression and exhaustion. It freshens the mind, energizing it and enhancing the mood and the exhaustive body functions.

Aids in breastfeeding

Mint ensures riddance from cracked nipples and irritable bowl syndrome. Applying mint oil on the breast of breastfeeding mothers aids in a steady flow without causing any harm to the sensitive skin and eliminating nipple pain.

Prevents cancer

Research has suggested that certain active enzymes present in mint are equipped with the ability to prevent and cure cancer.

Uses of Mint

Besides being extensively used in beverage, balms, ointments, inhalers, toothpastes, etc it finds a prominent place in culinary uses. Owing to it being a coolant and having soothing effects, it is also used to pacify inflammation, burns and wounds.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Mint

In individuals with a gall stone disorder history, mint should be consumed only after careful consultation with a trained medical practitioner. Same goes for pregnant ladies as it has rarely been seen to trigger a miscarriage. Excess dosage of mint is advised against as large quantity of menthol consumption is neither healthy nor advisable.

Cultivation of Mint

Mint grows all over the year all around the world. Mint growth is triggered initially with a seed but a small shrub is potent enough to keep expanding in an unbelievable size. Mint ideally requires cool, moist places under a shade for quick growth however, it is capable of growing in mildly sunny temperatures as well.

Popular Questions & Answers

How I loss weight rapidly and which protein shake is useful to me in gym please make a diet chart for me how I loss my weight rapidly.

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, Masters in Nutritional Therapy, Certified Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Hi lybrate-user, I would suggest you to follow a diet rich in proteins and fiber (like- animal/plant proteins- chicken, eggs, fish, tofu, soy milk, pulses, soyabean etc and fiber foods like- salad, fruits, vegetables). Also try to keep yourself hydrated the whole day and even during exercises. Also limit the intake of salt after 7 pm and avoid saturated fats and junk foods will you reduce weight. Take protein in natural form from foods and not from the supplements as it will give you the results initially but in the long run once you leave the supplements you may gain back your weight. So try to reduce weight naturally. Good Luck!

How to prevent hunger cravings? And what is the right food to eat in the morning before going to college? Because my lunch break is at 11.45, I leave home at 7.30, and I start feeling hungry at about 10 itself, is there any food that can keep me full?

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, B.Pharma, MD - Alternate Medicine
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
Breakfast - soak one tea spoon Chia seeds in 100 ml water and live for 10 mints. Then add 200 ml curd or milk, add one scoop protein powder. This breakfast make you full for long time. I want more details to guide you in better way so that I will provide you best guidance from my side.

I hv to loss my weight as my marriage is thr I hv double chin hw shld I reduce tht n my belly fat can you suggest me exercise and diet on it.

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, B.Pharma, MD - Alternate Medicine
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
Diet plan Drink 1 litter of warm water with 1/3rd tea spoon mineral salt before fresh Before Breakfast Option no. 1 – Take any three vegetables and any one fruit cut into small pieces. Add two tea spoon malli or olive oil. Option no. 2 – shock one tea spoon Chia seeds in 100 ml water and live for 10 mints. Then add 200 ml curd, add one scoop lipolyzer powder. Lunch (1.30 pm) Option no. 1 -- 2 chapatti (BrownXatta)+ Any Veg or non-veg+ Curd + Salad Dinner (7.30-8.00 pm) Option no. 1 – Veg Soup with Butter Option no. 2 – salad + any veg or non-veg Option no. 3 –paneer tika Option no. 4 - one tea spoon Chia seeds in 100 ml water. Then add 200 ml milk Evening snacks – Green Tea with nuts and seeds like almonds, cashew, pista, walnuts, peanuts, flax seeds, sesame seeds. Eat 28 gm pumpkin seeds daily and 28 gm sunflower seeds daily. Replace your white salt with Mineral Salt Lipolyzer Fat burning Oil for massage Lipolyzer tummy tablets – one tab after lunch and one tab after dinner You have to avoid - Avoid wheat, rice, pulses and sugar and any item made from these items like daliya, poha, corn flakes, oats, biscuits, namkeen etc. These products you have to order from amazon.in Nutroactive Himalaya mineral salt extra fine grain Lipolyzer Fat burning Oil Lipolyzer tummy tablets.
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Why I get excess sweating as compared with my running budy. Please suggest me something for reducing to reduce sweating.

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General Physician, Delhi
Hi lybrate-user, Sweating mainly helps us to control our body temperature and as we all know it is natural but what happens when you sweat more than usual, then it becomes a disorder. In medical language when we sweat more than the body requires then it is known as the Hyperhidrosis. Some herbal treatments you can try are as follows: 1. Lemon balm is the herb which mainly belongs to the mint family. They basically help our nerves to cool down and reduces body sweating. They are basically consumed in the form of the tea. 2. Black Tea - Black tea also contain tannins which can be applied to the affected skin as it decreases pore size. Apply some black tea on the affected area by using the washcloth. 3. Omega-3 fatty acids- Make sure that the food you consume should be rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. It will help in the growth of muscles and controls immune system and also helps to improve the ability to respond to thyroid hormones. 4. Chamomile Tea - This easily and widely available herb has many health benefits. One of them is helping to relax the mind and relieve anxiety, which may cause sweating. Regular consumption of this tea may give good results 5. Apple Cider Vinegar - This is an excellent remedy to follow if your child sweats a lot from the armpits. Mix a little apple cider vinegar with water and apply it with the help of cotton balls on the underarms before going to bed. Next morning, wash off with water and continue this method for some time until it shows result. 6. Potato - The effective method is using a potato. Cut the potato into slices and place them in areas where the child sweats a lot. Keep it there for a while and wipe the area with a damp cloth. Repeat the method as often as possible. 7. Relaxation Technique: Certain relaxation techniques like meditation, or some therapy like aroma therapy, may be helpful in reducing anxious behaviour and stress and restlessness. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

Respected Doctor. I was taken medication for Depression for 6-7 months before 2 years. Because of that I gained weight for about 20 kg. Now I am now suffering from psoriasis. I want lose weight in an healthy way. Can you suggest me the diet.

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, B.Pharma, MD - Alternate Medicine
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
For weight loss you have to follow low carbs diet with high protein diet and you have to avoid wheat, rice, pulses and sugar and any item made from these items like daliya, poha, corn flakes, oats, biscuits, namkeen etc. Strictly during weight loss because all this foods are rich in carbs. Diet plan Drink 1 litter of warm water with 1/3rd tea spoon mineral salt before fresh Before Breakfast Option no. 1 – Take any three vegetables and any one fruit cut into small pieces. Add two tea spoon malli or olive oil. Option no. 2 – shock one tea spoon Chia seeds in 100 ml water and live for 10 mints. Then add 200 ml curd, add one scoop lipolyzer powder. Lunch (1.30 pm) Option no. 1 -- 2 chapatti (BrownXatta)+ Any Veg or non-veg+ Curd + Salad Dinner (7.30-8.00 pm) Option no. 1 – Veg Soup with Butter Option no. 2 – salad + any veg or non-veg Option no. 3 –paneer tika Option no. 4 - one tea spoon Chia seeds in 100 ml water. Then add 200 ml milk Evening snacks – Green Tea with nuts and seeds like almonds, cashew, pista, walnuts, peanuts, flax seeds, sesame seeds. Eat 28 gm pumpkin seeds daily and 28 gm sunflower seeds daily. Replace your white salt with Mineral Salt Lipolyzer Fat burning Oil for massage Lipolyzer tummy tablets – one tab after lunch and one tab after dinner You have to avoid - Avoid wheat, rice, pulses and sugar and any item made from these items like daliya, poha, corn flakes, oats, biscuits, namkeen etc. These products you have to order from amazon.in Nutroactive Himalaya mineral salt extra fine grain Lipolyzer Fat burning Oil Lipolyzer tummy tablets I want more details to guide you in better way so that I will provide you best guidance from my side.
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4 Healthy Options You Can Try For Dinner!

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, B.Sc Home Science (hons)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ludhiana
4 Healthy Options You Can Try For Dinner!

Dinner is one meal that is the most treasured of all meals, especially because it is served after a hard day’s work and sweat. Hence, this particular meal of the day should not only be filling, but also nutritious. However, dinner can often turn out to be the unhealthiest of the three major meals in a day; given the fact that people are usually tired by the time they get served and thus, don’t pay much heed to what they are eating. 

In some cases, it might happen because of being unaware of certain healthier alternatives and in others, simply because of their preference. Eating unhealthy, especially during dinner, is not a very good idea. If the food is laden with sugar and fats, it can add inches to your waistline. This is more prevalent during dinner as the metabolic rate slows down at night. Your best bet is to go for food items that are light and free from sugar.

Here are some foods that you can consider:

  1. Grilled chicken: Grilled chicken with a drizzle of olive oil is a dish that would enjoy a handsome rating on any foodie’s dinner list. It is light, contains proteins that will keep your muscles well fed and has little carbohydrates. You can add some chopped cucumbers and tomatoes to up the taste quotient.
  2. Plain chicken soup: This is an easy to prepare dish that is commonly consumed in the winter months for its therapeutic effects in fighting common cold. Like the previous dish, it is rich in protein and healthy fats. You can add some stock vegetables for a wholesome meal.
  3. Stir fried vegetables: This is another easy to prepare dish. Stir fried vegetables are one of the healthiest dishes you will ever come across. Simply cut some vegetables and toss them around in an oak for a few minutes, add some seasoning, such as mint leaves and sesame seeds. It is rich in Vitamins and antioxidants; also the fiber content of this dish helps you feel fuller faster. 
  4. Poha: The quintessential Indian dish, poha or beaten rice pilaf is loaded with benefits. Poha is a complex carbohydrate, which means, the energy released from it will be slow and sustained. It is known for its high iron content and low calories. You can add vegetables and soya nuggets for taste.

You can also try paneer tikka with vegetable soup, grilled soya champ, grilled vegetable sandwich made from whole wheat bread, a katori of dal with 1 chapati.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Freckles - How To Get Rid Of Them?

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Dermatologist, Surat
Freckles - How To Get Rid Of Them?

Freckles are skin cells (keratinocytes) that contain melanin, which is a brown colored skin pigment. The skin cells are otherwise very normal, so the spots can't be felt since they are flat. They don't cause lumps in the skin but they are quite visible. 

Here are some of the methods and home remedies with which you can get rid of your freckles:

  1. Prevent your face from the sun: This is the best approach to get rid of freckles. Wear caps with wide overflows so your face is in shadow. Attempt to abstain from going outside when the sun is high in the sky since this is the time when you get the most UV radiation. If you do go out, try to stay in the shade. Also wear sunscreens with SPF 50  constantly, without fail.
  2. Lemon Juice To Bleach Freckles Away: Lemon juice is one of the best natural bleaches. Use the juice from crisp crushed lemons; delicately apply the juice onto the freckled regions. Be careful not to put the juice in your eyes. Leave the juice on for ten to fifteen minutes and wash off with warm water. You will need to do this twice every day for a few weeks before the spots vanish.
  3. Even Out The Skin Color: Conceal the freckles by darkening the rest of the skin normally. Castor oil - an old solution for everything from blockages to upset stomachs - is fabulous for adding a light tan shading to the skin.
  4. A Sake Facial Mask Works Fast: It causes the freckles to blur away quickly, since skin cell turnover rate is around three weeks. If you can keep the most reduced layer of cells from getting a considerable measure of melanin, the spots will be gone soon.
  5. Sour Cream Facial Peels:Sour cream contains lactic corrosive, which are an exceptionally tender peeling operator. Apply the sharp cream to the freckled regions and keep it there for ten minutes.
  6. Fruit Flavored Facial Peels: Use squashed strawberries and kiwi or cucumbers for a facial cover to create a peel. Banana crushed with mint leaves gives you a peel as well.
  7. Honey and Lemon Juice: Honey holds water and moisturizes the skin. It contains chemicals that are skin-lightening agents. Mixed with lemon squeeze, this is an extremely affective strategy to get rid of your freckles.
  8. Add Nutrients To Your Skin While Lightening Freckles: Vitamin E oil not just blurs spots quick, it contains supplements that saturate your skin and keep it sound.
  9. Eating Your Way to Fewer Freckles: Vitamin C (citrus extract) in your eating routine helps your skin, pretty much as it does when you apply it to your face. If your skin is excessively delicate for lemon juice, then ensure you eat a lot of citrus product.
  10. Business Bleaching Creams With Natural Ingredients: Over-the-counter skin brightening creams that contain hydroquinone and oxybenzone can prove to be extremely effective. Common fixings, for example, bearberry, aloe, mulberry and different herbs are calming to the skin and help the spots without risk.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Food Items To Be Avoided By Patients With Low Platelet Count

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Pathologist, Noida
Food Items To Be Avoided By Patients With Low Platelet Count

Now this is a very interesting topic. We have always focused on food items which help raise platelet counts. So, this topic is equally important, if not more. This blog lists various food items that are best avoided in patients having low platelet counts. Scientific evidence is lacking, in majority, on why these food items are best avoided. Most of these are gradual observations that people have noticed over the years.

So the list goes as :

  1. Ginkgo Biloba – used as a memory enhancer
  2. Ginseng – used as energy boosting supplement
  3. Raw garlic
  4. Pomegranates
  5. Omega three intake foods – fish etc
  6. Red wine
  7. Smoking
  8. Pineapple – which are considered as antiplatelet agents
  9. Fruits and vegetables that contain “salicyclates” - such as cucumbers, mushroom, raddish, berries, cherries. Salicyclates act as blood thinners and prevent clotting
  10. Coffee – it is not the caffeine but phenolic acids present in coffee that are the culprit.
  11. Alcohol
  12. Foods containing quinine – ex. Tonic water – a bitter liquid which is used as a mix for alcoholic drinks
  13. Foods containing Aspartame: Aspartame is a low calorie sweetener. It is used in diet sodas, energy drinks, protein shakes, flavoured milk and juices, breath mints and jellies. In fact ice-creams, and chewing gums and ketchups may also contain aspartame.
  14. The above food items are to be best avoided if you suffer from dengue.

    But if your low platelet counts are diagnosed due to autoimmune diseases ( such as celiac disease), then additionally you need to take an anti-inflammatory diet along with avoidance of gluten containing foods. Now gluten containing foods are wheat, barley, rye and other grains. So these items should not be consumed if you suffer from celiac disease – a type of autoimmune disease. Anti-inflammatory diet means including fresh food in diet, minimize processed food and fast food, eat more fruits and vegetables, restrict caloric intake to 2000 to 3000 calories per day in adults. Of this caloric intake, 40-50% should come from carbohydrates, 30 % from fats, and 20 -30% from proteins. 

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Acidity - 6 Amazing Home Remedies That Can Help!

BAMS
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Acidity - 6 Amazing Home Remedies That Can Help!

Acidity is an ailment that troubles most people regardless of the absence of any other medical condition. It causes discomfort in the chest region along with heart burn and indigestion. If you are distressed with acidity, you may consider undergoing Ayurvedic treatment which would help in alleviating the problem to a great extent.

1. Tulsi leaves:
• Tulsi leaves help in stimulating the stomach for production of more mucus and are also rich in anti-ulcer properties which cause a significant reduction in the effects of gastric acid.
• It is recommended to chew 5 to 6 clean Tulsi leaves when you have acidity to soothe the stomach.

2. Bananas:
• The potassium content in ripe bananas helps in eliminating sudden bouts of acidity.
• Bananas also aid in relieving constipation problems and cause healthy bowel movement.

3. Cumin seeds:
• Cumin seeds which are commonly used in cooking dishes have anti-inflammatory properties that aid in soothing the digestive tract.
• These stimulate saliva production, boost metabolism and relieve the problem of bloating along with other discomforts caused by gastric troubles.
• You may chew a few cumin seeds when troubled with acidity or boil them in water and drink the solution.

4. Cold milk:
• The richness of calcium in milk aids in reducing acid problems and absorbing the acid which has already been produced.
• It helps in providing instant relief from the burning sensation owing to its coldness.
• But it is important to drink it plain without any additives like sugar.

5. Cloves:
• Cloves are known for their calmative properties which help to improve the process of peristalsis by which food moves down the stomach.
• When you put a clove in your mouth, just bite it once to help in releasing the extracts which would reach your digestive tract and immediately lower down the acid reflux.

6. Ginger:
• If you do not find raw ginger to be very pungent, you can keep a candied ginger slice in your mouth for instant relief from acidity.
• If you feel that you wouldn’t be able to chew raw ginger, you can boil it in water and drink it after it cools down.
• Ginger can be also eaten with a small piece of jaggery to help the juice reach the stomach and alleviate the acidity.

7. Mint leaves:
• Commonly referred to as ‘pudina’, mint leaves are known for lowering the acid content and improve digestion.
• If you feel that an acid attack is imminent, you can chop down a few mint leaves and boil it in water and drink the solution for eliminating bloating problems.

These few Ayurvedic remedies can help in soothing acidity along with its other symptoms.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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4 Foods That Help Treat Acidity

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Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
4 Foods That Help Treat Acidity

Excessive secretion of stomach acids brings about the problem of acidity with heartburn and dyspepsia being its common symptoms. There are foods as well as home remedies that can help you to get rid of this problem.
Some of them are:
1. Bananas - Being an excellent source of potassium, this fruit helps to keep acid production in balance. Moreover, certain elements in bananas aid in increasing the production of stomach mucus that helps to protect the organ from adverse effects of excessive acid production. Even its high fiber content promotes digestion, preventing the occurrence of acidity once again.
2. Ginger - Consuming ginger can help to bring about a significant improvement in digestion, superior absorption as well as proper assimilation of important nutrients. This root is helpful in protecting your body from stomach ulcers by enabling mucus production, thereby decreasing the negative effects of acid on the stomach.
3. Melons - Melons are also extremely good for fighting acidity. They have a pH of 6.1 and can be had as whole or as fruit juice. Whether it is watermelons or honeydew, these are refreshing fruits filled with nutrients. Each bite of a watermelon, for instance, contains high levels of Vitamins A, C, and B6, amino acids, antioxidants and lycopene as well as potassium.
4. Mint leaves - Even mint leaves are helpful in slowing down the acid buildup in the stomach while improving digestion. Its cooling effect can help to cut down the pain as well as burning sensation associated with acid reflux.
In addition to having these foods, there are certain home remedies that you can try for fighting acidity:
- It's wise to have your last meal about 2-3 hours before your bedtime to allow time for digestion of the food matter.
- You should always have your meals at regular fixed intervals. Keeping too wide a gap between meals can cause you to suffer from acidity.
- To curb instances of acidity, it's best to avoid spicy foods and caffeinated beverages.
- Having a glass of lukewarm water daily can also help in combating acidity. Consult an Expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Mint
Nutritional Value of Mint
Health Benefits of Mint
Treats asthma
Helps the process of digestion
Keeps respiratory disorders at bay
Aids in weight loss
Prevents from allergies
Strengthens the liver
Ensures oral hygiene
Prevents memory loss
Renders healthy skin
Prevents from depression
Aids in breastfeeding
Prevents cancer
Uses of Mint
Side-Effects & Allergies of Mint
Cultivation of Mint