5 Health benefits of mint you should know

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by Serisha Singh for All4Women

 

Refreshing, soothing and packed full of flavour, the benefits of mint extend well beyond its taste. Find out more about the health benefits of this herb and why you should incorporate it into your diet.

Digestive benefits of mint

Mint has a range of benefits related to the digestive system. It has antispasmodic properties to help alleviate cramps, an upset stomach, indigestion and abdominal pain. Peppermint oil capsules have further proven effective in easing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. You can also drink it in tea form.

Ease a headache

Mint oil may help to relieve tension headache pain. Massage the oil directly onto your temples and forehead for best results.

Relieve muscle aches and pains

Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a bath for muscle pain relief. You can also massage it directly into stiff and painful muscles.

Breathe easy

Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and decongestant. Rub a menthol-based balm on your chest for instant relief or add some to a tub of boiling water and inhale the scent.

Say goodbye to stress

The scent of mint has a cooling and energising effect on the body. It has also been shown to enhance memory and improve alertness. Consider burning some mint-scented candles, adding some drops of essential oil to a cloth and inhaling it or adding some to your bath.

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