Cooling Herbs & Spices Series
MINT LEAVES (Mentha)
Mint is a a cooling herb with over 13- 18 species. Each leaf is filled with essential vitamins and minerals that help aid a variety of ailments. If you are looking to clear your skin, relieve respiratory symptoms or soothe your arthritis pain - mint is a must in your medicinal garden of herbs and spices.
Respiratory: Menthol is an organic compound that occurs naturally in mint and some other plants. Boil water and steep mint leaves for a few minutes. Let cool and rub on chest, nose and upper back.
Aches & Pains: Mint can help relieve the symptoms of muscle aches, sprains and joint pains due to arthritis. Pour 8- 10 drops of mint oil on a warm washcloth and apply to muscle or joint.
Dab mint oil on your temples or forehead to relieve tension headaches. The aroma of mint tends to have a calming effect.
Digestive: Soothes the lining of the digestive tract and stimulates the production of bile. Relieves symptoms of nausea and mild indigestion. Boil water and steep mint leaves to make a mint tea.
Skin: Mint can relieve the symptoms of itching and irritation from abrasions, minor cuts, scrapes and burns. Mint is also used as a great cleanser for skin breakouts and acne. Blend leaves or crush and rub on face. Wash with cool water. Mint can also be mixed with cucumbers and lemons to make a glowing face mask. Honey and olive oil work well with mint as a face mask too.
CHOCOLATE MINT SMOOTHIE
3/4 cup mashed avocado
1 cup almond milk (milk of choice)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 cup Kale
1 scoop chocolate protein powder(protein powder of choice)
1/4 cup fresh mint
1-2 cups crushed ice
BLEND. POUR. ENJOY.
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