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Benefits of Peppermint (Pudina) And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of peppermint are as follows; respiratory benefits, sinus care, reduces nausea, relief from allergies, sunburn relief, relief from muscle pain, improves bloating and indigestions, helps in joint therapy.

Benefits of Peppermint (Pudina) And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Peppermint (Pudina)
Nutritional Value of Peppermint (Pudina)
Health Benefits of Peppermint (Pudina)
Respiratory benefits
Sinus care
Reduces nausea
Relief from allergy
Sunburn relief
Relief from muscle pain
Improves bloating and indigestion
Helps in joint therapy
Uses of Peppermint (Pudina)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Peppermint (Pudina)
Cultivation of Peppermint (Pudina)

Peppermint (Pudina)

Peppermint is an aromatic herb, it is a hybrid mint formed due to a cross between watermint and spearmint. The rhizomes are wide-spreading, fleshy, and bear fibrous roots. The leaves can be 4–9 cm (1.6–3.5 in) long and 1.5–4 cm (0.59–1.57 in) broad. They are dark green with reddish veins, and they have an acute apex and coarsely toothed margins. The leaves and stems are usually slightly fuzzy. The flowers are purple, 6–8 mm (0.24–0.31 in) long, with a four-lobed corolla about 5 mm (0.20 in) diameter; they are produced in whorls (verticillasters) around the stem, forming thick, blunt spikes.

Nutritional Value of Peppermint (Pudina)

Peppermint possesses high menthol content. They also contains carboxyl ester, particularly menthyl acetate and menthane. Dried peppermint typically has 0.3 – 0.4 % of volatile oil containing menthol (7-48%), menthyl acetate (3-10%), menthane (20-46%), methofurane (1-17%) and 1,8 – cineol ( 3-6%). Along with this, they also contains small amount of many additional compounds including imonene, pulegone, caryphyllene and pinene. Peppermint contains terpenoids and flavonoids, such as eriocitrin, hesperidin, and kalompferol, 7-0-rutino side.

Health Benefits of Peppermint (Pudina)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Peppermint (Pudina)
Health Benefits of Peppermint (Pudina)

Respiratory benefits

Peppermint essential oil has the ability to open your airways and act as a decongestant. Mix it with coconut oil and eucalyptus essential oil to make homemade vapor rub to help reduce the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.

Sinus care

Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can oftentimes immediately unclog sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Menthol in peppermint acts as an expectorant which loosen and bring up mucus from the lungs. Expectorants help people with coughs, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis.

Reduces nausea

A medical study found that peppermint oil is used to reduce nausea. By adding a drop of peppermint oil to water, or rubbing 1-2 drops behind one’s ears, or even diffusing it can help to reduce nausea.

Relief from allergy

Peppermint oil is highly effective at relaxing muscles in your nasal passages and can help clear out the muck and pollen during allergy season. Diffusing peppermint along with clove oil and eucalyptus oil can also reduce allergy symptoms.

Sunburn relief

Peppermint oil can hydrate burnt skin and relieve the pain from sunburns. One can mix peppermint oil with a bit of coconut oil and apply it directly to the affected area, or can make natural homemade sunburn spray to relief pain and support healthy skin renewal.

Relief from muscle pain

Peppermint oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It is especially helpful in soothing an aching back , sore muscles, and headaches. A study shows that peppermint oil applied topically has pain relief benefits associated with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. The study found that peppermint oil, eucalyptus, menthol, capsaicin and other herbal preparations may be helpful to get relief from pain.

Improves bloating and indigestion

Peppermint oil has been established as a natural alternative to drugs like Buscopan to reduce spasms of the colon. It works by relaxing the muscles of your intestines, which can also reduce bloating and gas. Peppermint tea or adding 1 drop of peppermint oil to water before meals improves digestion.

Helps in joint therapy

Applying some pure peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil to achy joints can cool muscles like an ice bath, but helps to stay warm and dry.

Uses of Peppermint (Pudina)

Fresh or dried peppermint leaves are often used alone or with other herbs in herbal tea. Peppermint is used for flavouring ice cream, candy, fruit preserves, alcoholic beverages, toothpaste, and some shampoos, soaps and skin care products. Peppermint oil is frequently used in the manufacture of soaps and perfumery but it most prized for use in flavoring confectionery, medicines. Peppermint is used in several dishes for flavouring, they are used in chutneys in India, and are used in salads. Peppermint leaf sprinkled in the back of cabinets will help deter ants and mice. Pudina leaves powdered in sugar scrubs, invigorates the skin. Peppermint oil is also used in construction and plumbing to test for the tightness of pipes and disclose leaks by its odor.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Peppermint (Pudina)

Peppermints are likely to be safe. buf its overdose may cause some side effects like; heartburn and allergic reactions including flushing headache and mouth sores.

Cultivation of Peppermint (Pudina)

Peppermint is indigenous to Europe and the Middle East. The plant is now widespread in cultivation in many regions of the world.

The suitable temperature for mint cultivation is between 20°C - 40°C, with rainfall ranging between 100cm – 110cm. light shower at planting time and good sunny days at the harvest stage is best for its yield.

Popular Questions & Answers

I eat a lot of Nestle Polo mint. A hell lot I eat. What are the side effects I want to know! Can somebody please tell me?

MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga, PGDM
Homeopath, Indore
Mint candies or chewing gums are a nutritionally poor food, containing high levels of sugar without any vitamins or minerals. Because peppermint candies contain ample sugar with zero nutrition, these treats can add excess calories to your menu and potentially lead to weight gain. Peppermint can cause some side effects including heartburn, and allergic reactions including flushing, headache, and mouth sores. For more queries, contact us.

What is Peppermint? Is it Phudina leaves? Are Mint leaves and Peppermint are same? How is peppermint tea prepared?

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Vadodara
Yes, they both are same with different names. Pudina chaai is prepared by boiling water and then adding 5-6 pudina leaves in it, letting it stay for sometime till it shows some of it's colour and then it can be consumed after filtering it.

What is Peppermint? Is it Phudina leaves? Are Mint leaves and Peppermint are same? How is peppermint tea prepared?

MSc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
Yes, peppermint and pudina leaves are same. For preparing peppermint tea, you can either use fresh peppermint leaves or store bought. Pour hot boiling water over these leaves, cover for a few minutes. Strain and the tea is ready to drink. If you wish, you can add some honey to sweeten it.

I am suffering from bad breath and it`s irritating me a lot please tell me how to get rid of it.

MDS - Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Bangalore
Hi Mr. lybrate-user, Bad breathe is a very common condition. There are many reasons for the problem of bad breath. It might be due to consumption of foods that emit a certain odour, or it may be due to systemic diseases that reflect as bad breathe in the oral cavity. Primary solution would be to go for around of Oral Prophylaxis and deep debridement with the dentist. Get a BANA test done to help the dentist diagnose the causative organism for the bad breath. Use a Cholorhedine Mouthwash (Dilute it with water) daily for better results. Regards

My friend is having too much headache legs paining all day and some how feel like vomit whats the cause and how to get well its about week to be continuing.

MBBS
General Physician, Kendujhar
Hello, Thanks for your query on Lybrate "As"per your clinical history is concerned please follow like this - 1)Take [DIPROL tab-25mg]twice a day [morning and bedtime] regularly 2)Massage each of your temples with one drop of peppermint essential oil or a combination of peppermint and lavender oils. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes. Do this a few times a day for headaches. 3)Try to avoid triggers. If certain foods or odors seem to have triggered your headaches in the past, avoid them. 4)Try to reduce your tea and coffee 5)Try to establish a daily routine with regular sleep patterns and regular meals. In addition, try to control stress. 6)Do exercise regularly. Regular aerobic exercise reduces tension and can help prevent migraines. 6)Obesity is also thought to be a factor in migraine headaches, and regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight or lose weight. 7)Reduce the effects of estrogen. If estrogen seems to trigger or make your headaches worse, you may want to avoid or reduce the medications you take that contain estrogen.These medications include birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. Hope that helps and follow me after one month

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Health Benefits Of Peppermint Tea

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai

1. Caffeine free

The fact that peppermint tea does not contain caffeine may be a boon or a bane.

If you want to enjoy a cup of tea that won’t add to your caffeine content, peppermint tea is a good choice as is any other herbal tea.

But if you need a tea that keeps you awake at night, you need to go for your traditional cup of tea or coffee. In fact, peppermint tea has a soothing effect and is said to be good for a good night’s sleep.

2. Relieves gas and bloating

If you are suffering from gastric problems, you should immediately add a pack of peppermint tea to your kitchen shelf.

Peppermint tea removes gassiness and relaxes muscles, thus facilitating the movement of gas curing flatulence problems.

3. Reduces heartburn and indigestion

The ability of peppermint to relax muscles also improves the flow of bile juice in the stomach, thus improving digestion.

It acts like acid reflux and thus can cure indigestion.


4. Nausea and vomiting

As already mentioned above, it makes you feel comfortable at night and thus help fight morning sickness. Morning sickness is common among pregnant women.

Peppermint tea is antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory in nature. It relaxes muscles and thus reduces instances of vomiting and nausea.

5. Respiratory issues

As an antispasmodic, it also relieves you from that irritating sensation that makes you want to cough, thereby improving your respiratory condition by relaxing the muscles of the throat and chest, it can eliminate that aspect of cold and flu symptoms.

Peppermint tea is said to be a natural decongestant. It can also help in providing sinus relief.

The season of constant colds and flu has begun, so let peppermint tea become part of your evening routine.

6. Immune system

Bacteria are the cause innumerable diseases which include fever, cough and cold and the worst part is that unknowingly we are exposed to millions of them. Be it in the air, water or the food we intake.

But don’t you worry. Peppermint tea will come to your rescue as it is said to have anti-bacterial properties. It builds immunity against a variety of illnesses.

It is a mild source of vitamin b, potassium, calcium.

7. Bad breath

While peppermint tea being anti-bacterial kills the bad odour causing germs, the strong mentholated flavour represses the foul smell leaving your breath fresh and clean.

8. Weight loss

Peppermint tea can help you shed kilos. It may sound unbelievable, but the aroma of peppermint and some of its organic compounds can help you cut on your diet and subsequently obesity.

9. Curbing stress

The new talk of the town is “stress”. It is an indispensable part of the busy and ambitious lives we live these days. In fact, a certain level of stress is required to keep you going. But when stress starts interfering with your lives in a negative way, something somewhere has gone gravely wrong and needs to be paid attention.

Peppermint is an excellent stress buster especially because of the menthol it possesses. Being anti-inflammatory, it reduces blood pressure and body temperature which are the consequences of stress and thus allows you to relax.

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Peppermint Tea - 6 Reasons Why You Must Drink It!

B.A.M.S.
Ayurveda, Lucknow
Peppermint Tea - 6 Reasons Why You Must Drink It!

Peppermint tea is a type of herbal tea, also known to us as infusions or tisanes. It is a soothing beverage and offers a host of health benefits, particularly for those suffering from headaches, sinus problems or stomach issues. It is also an effective health tonic for your body. Peppermint tea is one of the most widely used and the most respected for its uses and benefits that you must know about.

For centuries, this tea has been used medicinally and is very commonly recommended by herbalists, alternative healers, and others as a treatment for different ailments. It is also advised to be taken as a general health tonic effective for a healthy body and mind. In addition to being a delicious beverage, peppermint tea offers numerous health benefits, particularly for those with stomach problems, headaches and sinus problems. Read on to find out about the benefits of peppermint tea, and why people laud it for its health benefits.

Benefits of drinking peppermint tea:

  1. A remedy for headaches: Peppermint tea is very helpful in treating headaches. It is more effective in staunching headaches that are caused by stress or a poor diet. These headaches typically restrict blood vessels in the brain, causing pain. Usually, painkillers relieve the pain by relaxing the blood vessels in the brain. Peppermint tea also does the same, it opens up the brain's constricted blood vessels, bringing instant relief. Peppermint oil in aromatherapy is also used for headaches and colds.
  2. A remedy for sinus problems: Peppermint contains Menthol which gives it its refreshing flavour. Menthol also helps peppermint fight sinus problems. The menthol in peppermint helps in sinus problems by calming inflamed mucous membranes in the sinuses and throat and by thinning the mucus so it is less likely to block the sinus passageways. Menthol also acts as a decongestant which means it breaks down phlegm and mucous congestion. You can breathe in the steam from peppermint tea to help your sinus become mucous free.
  3. A remedy for stomach upsets: Peppermint tea is a real stomach healer as it soothes and heals stomach aches, pains, and cramps. Peppermints also get rid of heartburn, gas/flatulence, indigestion and diarrhoea. Peppermint oil is extremely effective against irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.
  4. A remedy of the brain: Peppermint tea improves brain function and makes you more mentally alert and also improves memory retrieval. Peppermint thus is extremely useful if you are driving back home after a stressful day.  It’s also useful for students and those who suffer from stress-induced health problems because it calms you down.
  5. a remedy for menstrual cramps: Peppermint tea is known to ease constricting muscles. This is the reason it’s very useful for athletes as well as people suffering from anxiety. For this reason, it’s also particularly effective in treating cramps caused due to the constricting the muscles in the walls of the uterus.

Other ways it helps is due to its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, which makes it one hell of an effective skin cleanser and great for fighting bacterial infections when applied topically. It also acts as an analgesic and a treatment for skin disorders like rashes. It also has been shown to break down "bile stones" and reduce bad breath.

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

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Digestive Health - 10 Things That Can Help You Manage It!

DNB Gastroenterology, Consulatant Gastroenterologist, Chief gastroenterologist
Gastroenterologist, Nashik
Digestive Health - 10 Things That Can Help You Manage It!

The food you eat plays an important role in your gastrointestinal health. Some foods can be difficult to digest and lead to bloating and heartburn while others increase the healthy bacteria in your gut and make digestion easier. 

Here are ten things you should include in your diet for a healthy digestive system:

  1. Bananas: Bananas help regulate bowel movements and help bind food waste together thus helping with irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea. They also help restore the electrolyte and potassium balance in the stomach.
  2. Oats: Oats are rich in fiber and low in calories. It is also a rich source of phosphorus, vitamin E and Zinc. Oats helps with the proper functioning of the digestive system and the extraction of waste.
  3. Curd: Curd rice is the most well known home remedy for an upset stomach. Curd is a rich source of probiotics that helps restore the balance of healthy gut bacteria and eases digestion.
  4. Coconut oil: Coconut oil is an excellent substitute for normal cooking oil or butter. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and fatty acids that ease the digestive system and boost immunity and energy levels.
  5. Lentils: Lentils are rich in prebiotics and fiber. These prebiotics promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria and prevent harmful bacteria from causing stomach infections.
  6. Ginger: Herbs and spices are very helpful with digestion. Amongst these, ginger is foremost. It can be used to treat a number of stomach infections such as bloating, nausea and diarrhea. Ginger also helps speed up the movement of food from the stomach to the intestines. 
  7. Vegetables: Vegetables are rich in fiber and probiotics. While beetroots help relieve constipation, sweet potatoes help treat ulcers and bowel problems. Other vegetables that aid digestion include cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots.
  8. Brown rice: A certain amount of carbohydrates are essential for a well balanced diet. Brown rice has a high calorific value but is less fattening. Brown rice helps food move smoothly through the digestive system and hence promotes regularity.
  9. Peppermint: Peppermint helps ease indigestion and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint can be had on its own as a flavoring agent in salads and on fruits or taken as a supplement.
  10. Water: Water is crucial to healthy digestion. It helps smooth the movement of food through the digestive system and out of the bowels. Inadequate water is one of the most common causes of constipation. Ideally, you should have a minimum of 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.

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

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Reasons Behind Gas Pain in Children!

dnb pediatrics
Pediatrician,
Reasons Behind Gas Pain in Children!

Gas or flatulence is a condition where the microorganisms present in the intestines break down the food and release excessive gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, which is usually let out from the anus. It can lead to pain in the stomach and an uneasy feeling in the body.

Causes
1. When foods that are not digested properly are broken down
2. Lactose intolerance
3. Swallowing air
4. Certain foods not being absorbed properly in the digestive system
5. When a child does other activities, while eating, then it can cause gas to accumulate air in the intestines leading to gas
6. The sweeteners present in chewing gums can get trapped in the intestines and ferment into gas
7. Vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli can cause gas
8. Soft drinks that cause phosphoric acid can also lead to gas
9. Some children are sensitive to fat and fiber, and consuming these nutrients can lead to gas

The symptoms of gas pain in children are cramps in the stomach region along with diarrhea. It can also lead to irregular eating, being fussy about food and pulling up the legs to the belly.

Treatments and preventive measures
1. Consuming food containing probiotics such as yoghurt and soy can help in treating gas
2. Eliminating vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower from your child's diet
3. Decreasing the amount of milk in the diet
4. Limiting consumption of chewing gums as they contain artificial sweeteners , which cause gas
5. A hot drink such as tea made from herbs like peppermint can help in easing the symptoms of gas
6. Encouraging your child to exercise can help in preventing gas
7. Getting your child to drink water in proper amounts
8. Consuming a healthy diet of vegetables and fruits

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

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Nagging Cough - 6 Quick Ways You Can Manage It!

MBBS
General Physician, Gurgaon
Nagging Cough - 6 Quick Ways You Can Manage It!

A cough is a sign that there is something wrong with the throat. Be it an infection or a sore throat or food stuck in the windpipe, a cough can start. While it may sometimes disappear, sometimes, it may just refuse to go. This not just is bothersome to you to allow to continue work, it also irritates the others in the surrounding and attracts attention. Everybody looks at you annoyed and gives a look which says “why don’t you do something about it?” Well, they mean well, and there are definitely things that can help manage a nagging cough. Find out for yourself!

  1. Salt water gargling: Mix about a teaspoon of water in a glass of warm water and gargle your mouth for about 1 minute. It helps soothe the throat and reduce the cough. It can also clear the bacteria along the throat, providing relief from the cough. If there is phlegm lodged in the throat, it gets easily expelled too.
  2. Honey: This viscous liquid coats the inflamed and irritated mucous membranes along the throat and provides instant relief. It is also known for its antibacterial nature and has good enzymes from the bees, which are known for providing instant relief to both children and adults. The sweet taste makes it further appealing. Adding ground black pepper powder to it further improves the effect, as it clears congestion.
  3. Steam: Cough is often the result of an irritated and inflamed throat mucosa. Inhaling steam is one of the best ways to soothe this mucosa and provide relief. It reduces mucosal inflammation and removes phlegm. Adding a few drops of essential oils like eucalyptus or tea tree oil further improves the effect. These have antibacterial and antiviral properties and so enhance the relief. With boiled water in a vessel, bend over it and cover your head to ensure the steam is inhaled. Be careful to avoid burns, as steam can burn. This can be repeated 4 to 5 times daily until you get sufficient relief.
  4. Ginger and Mint: Another wonder substance is the ginger. To a cup of warm water, add honey, few slices of ginger, and some dried peppermint. This helps by acting as an expectorant and reduces irritation in the throat, which produces cough.
  5. Cough drops or lozenges: If you are in a public space and cannot do the above, try cough drops. Sucking on them can soothe the throat and the constant swallowing of saliva helps relieve the irritation in the throat.
  6. Nasal irrigation: This helps relieve the postnasal congestion and dripping, which often leads to nagging coughs.

These are some simple, effective ways to reduce constant coughing.

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

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Table of Content

Peppermint (Pudina)
Nutritional Value of Peppermint (Pudina)
Health Benefits of Peppermint (Pudina)
Respiratory benefits
Sinus care
Reduces nausea
Relief from allergy
Sunburn relief
Relief from muscle pain
Improves bloating and indigestion
Helps in joint therapy
Uses of Peppermint (Pudina)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Peppermint (Pudina)
Cultivation of Peppermint (Pudina)