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The mint herb is part of a large family. Mint (pudina), spearmint and peppermint all have medicinal properties.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 03, 2010 20:22 IST
shikha sharma

The mint herb is part of a large family. Mint (pudina), spearmint and peppermint all have medicinal properties.

Peppermint relieves symptoms of irritable gas syndrome, indigestion and heartburn.

Mint and peppermint have cooling properties. Drink fresh peppermint water or eat pudina chutney. Or make cucumber and pudina juice. Or, apply mint as a skin paste or use it as a face wash.

Mint has a fresh aroma which is why it’s a common breath freshener.

Airway allergies usually lead to spasms, colic of the airways or inflammation. Mint relieves the symptoms very well.

Inhaling mint steam vapours will relieve the symptoms of a cold and reduce the congestion.

One of the factors in the creation of acne is an increase in the pitta element in your body. To reduce this, drink mint and cucumber juice. You can also wash your face with a mint decoction.

Mint is also a blood cleanser.

For small aches and pains, apply mint-based balms or drink mint infusions. This is because mint relaxes muscles, which reduces pain.

Like all plants which must protect themselves with fungus or bacteria fighting abilities, mint has anti-infective qualities.

Mint’s fresh aroma can help control mild nausea.

Mint induces sweating when you have a fever, which helps bring your temperature down.