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Health Benefits and Uses of Mint

By Amy Silva

Mint is widely popular and used in an abundance of products including food, drink and body care products. Its familiar and relaxing scent can be found in body lotions, soap and shampoo, and many others body care items. It's a favorite flavor of many when combined with chocolate to make sweet treats, but we also enjoy the flavor in products such as gum, toothpaste and mints to make our breath fresh. Adding mint to drinks, such as iced tea, water or hot cocoa, gives a refreshing flavor, whereas other times it can be relaxing when added to an evening cup of tea. Let's not forget candles with uplifting mint fragrances. The uses of mint are almost endless, but did you know it has potential health benefits as well?

Common Types of Mint

  • Peppermint
  • Orange mint
  • Apple mint
  • Spearmint
  • Pineapple mint
  • Chocolate mint

Health Benefits of Mint

Mint contains vitamins and minerals that are good for our bodies. Here are some uses of mint:

  • Mint has long been used in different cold medicine products, as the menthol is thought to help clear sinuses
  • Studies show it could possibly help those who have digestive issues
  • Chewing on mint leaves may get rid of mouth bacteria that leads to bad breath
  • Its scent may reduce anxiety and improve memory

Uses of Mint

Mint is simple to grow but can be difficult to get rid of, depending on how you initially plant it. Some mint varieties can be invasive and quickly take over garden areas. It's a good idea to grow it in pots to prevent too much spreading. You can purchase mint that is already grown at garden supply stores and simply add it to a larger pot with fresh soil. With mint in your garden you'll have an abundance in no time, as it grows quickly. It can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days making it easy to add to refreshing drinks in the summer or a fun addition to foods such as ice cream, fruit or salsa. It also makes a fun little gift for family and friends when you have plenty to share and can give bunches away so they can enjoy fresh mint at home. There are even recipes for homemade products such as toothpaste using mint.

Mint can be used for a variety of everyday things but also has the potential to benefit certain aspects of our health. It's easy to grow, smells and tastes great, and is fun to share.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downers Grove, Ill.

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