Mint is one of the most refreshing and welcomed herbal flavors we all love. Types of mint herb include applemint, water mint, horsemint, pineapple mint, orange mint, pennyroyal and spearmint. Peppermint and spearmint is probably the most widely used species. This herb is known to have originated in Asia and the Mediterranean region and the ancient Greeks named the plant after the mythical character Minthe. According to Greek myth, Minthe or Menthe as she is also known, was a river nymph. In many cultures, mint symbolized hospitality and was offered as a sign of welcome and friendship to guests as they arrived. In the Middle East mint tea is still served to guests on their arrival, whilst in ancient Greece, the leaves of mint were rubbed onto the dining table, which was a sign of their warm greeting. The Greeks and the Romans used it as a perfume and a bath scent, as well as using it in medicine and in cooking.
Using Mint in Juicing is a good way to make your juices more refreshing. You really need to juice it in the right juicer, which is a gear juicer. Although I’ve been mildly successful in a centrifugal juicer it is not recommended because it only chops it up and thus provides very little juice. Juicers designed for leafy greens is needed to properly take advantage of adding mint. Adding enough of it can really make a refreshing after taste that will stick with you awhile. I really recommend trying it. The times that I tried adding it to my juices made it taste quite spectacular.
Mint (Minta Spacata) Nutritional Content
100 grams has:
Protein 4.8 g
Fat .06 g
Fiber 2 g
Calcium 200 mg
Iron 15.6 mg
Vitamin C 27 mg
Carbohydrates 5.8 mg
Mint is rich in Vitamins A and C and also contains smaller amounts of Vitamin B2. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and may help to decrease the risk of certain cancers such as colon and rectal cancer. Although it may be consumed in small quantities, the vital nutrients obtained are still beneficial to one’s health. Mint also contains a wide range of essential minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, potassium and calcium.
Mint has always been used medicinally to aid digestion and relieve indigestion. Menthol, which is obtained from peppermint oil, is well known for its healing properties on the chest and respiratory system. leaf tea is used to treat indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, colds, headache and cramps.
This herb has in many cases proven to:
- Relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome by relaxing the muscles in and around the intestine.
- Act as a powerful antioxidant, protecting the body against the formation of cancerous cells.
- Inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria and fungus.
- Ease and unblock the breathing and respiratory passages and airways.
- Relieves the symptoms of colds and flu.
- Can help with nasal allergies.
- It can relieve congestion, head colds and headaches.
- Act as a mild sedative and has calming properties.
- Relieve minor aches and pains such as muscle cramps and sprains.
- Combat bad breath.
- Provides a cooling sensation to the skin and can help to treat minor burns, itching and skin irritations.
- A very good cleanser for the blood.
- In tea it can help clear up skin disorders such as acne.