Mentha arvensis, the corn mint, field mint, or wild mint, is a species of flowering plant belonging to the Mentha genus in the mint family Lamiaceae. It has a circum-boreal distribution, being native to the temperate regions of Europe and western and central Asia, east to the Himalaya and eastern Siberia, and North America. Mentha canadensis, the related species, is also included in Mentha arvensis by some authors as two varieties, M. arvensis var. glabrata Fernald (North American plants such as American Wild Mint) and M. arvensis var. piperascens Malinv. ex L. H. Bailey (eastern Asian plants such as Japanese mint). Its common names include Brook mint, Corn mint, Field mint, Japanese peppermint, Tule mint, Wild mint, European corn mint, common Mint and banana mint. Leaves of this herbal plant have a fresh minty flavor and are used for culinary and medicinal purposes. The essential oil extracted from the leaves also has many uses.
Wild mint has long been used as a folk remedy for a broad range of ailments, including gastrointestinal problems and sore throats. Wild mint has been found to have powerful antimicrobial, antifungal and antioxidative effects. Listed below are few of the popular health benefits of using wild Mint.
Wild mint is extensively used for its digestive benefits, mainly for diarrheal disorders.
In one study, Wild mint essential oil was found to inhibit diarrhea in rats by preventing intestinal hyperactivity and hyper-secretion associated with the condition.
Another study considered the applications of wild mint in hyperactive gut disorders, and it was found that crude Wild mint extract inhibited spontaneous gut contractions due to its calcium-channel blocking activity.
Yerba Buena has long been used to provide relief for abdominal pain, indigestion, loss of appetite, passage of gas, diarrhea and stomach ache. It is known to relax the digestive tract muscles. It can help relax the gastrointestinal tract, which will ease digestion and can reduce flatulence. Some find yerba buena tea to be helpful when suffering from diarrhea or constipation as it helps balance pH levels in the stomach and reduces inflammation.
This herb has been known to act as one of the great appetisers and is known to promote the process of digestion. It tends to prevent any digestive issues such as inflammation or constipation caused due to poor digestive health.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):
It can help treat digestive problems, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS is a common large intestine disease characterized by bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation. One of the Yerba Buena plant benefits that is most appreciated is its ability to relieve abdominal pain.
A study reported that individuals who have been experiencing abdominal pain (resulting from IBS) found significant relief after using Yerba Buena.
A study in 2009 of various extracts of Mentha arvensis showed a protective effect against acid secretion and gastric ulcers in ibuprofen plus pyloric ligation-induced and 90% ethanol-induced ulcer models in mammals.
This herb has been known to contain a refreshing aroma and hence is one of the quickest remedies for nausea. Inhaling the scent of burning yerba buena can help reduce nausea, morning sickness or fainting, especially for women in the early stages of pregnancy. If you are not looking to burn leaves, you can also crush dry leaves and inhale the scent from those for a similar effect.
Wild Mint in capsule form or prepared as a tea to relieve nausea and indigestion. It has the potential to the digestive system and relieves stomach cramps. It has a mild anesthetic effect so as to relieve pain in the stomach.
The Journal of Advanced Nursing showed that the mint leaves as an anti-nausea drug post-surgery.
A 2015 study in Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research showed dose dependent growth inhibitory effects against A. baumannii with MIC and MBC of 23.5 and 72.3 µg/mL, respectively. The mechanism of antibacterial activity may be through induction of lethal cellular damage in the bacterium.
A 2012 in vitro study on the antimicrobial effect of hydroalcoholic extracts from Mentha arvensis evaluated hydroalcoholic extracts for antimicrobial activity against oral pathogens: Streptococcus mutans, S. sobrinus and Candida albicans. Results showed antifungal activity against C. albicans and a potential use for human antifungal use. Results showed no antibacterial effect.
A 2009 study showed extracts of Mentha arvensis could be used as a source of plant-derived natural products with resistance-modifying activity, such as in the case of aminoglycosides, a new weapon against bacterial resistance to antibiotics, as with chlorpromazine.
A 2000 Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Sciences study evaluated ethanol extracts from M. arvensis and T. ulmifolia for antifungal activity against strains of C. albicans, C. tropicalis and C. krusei. The extracts showed no clinically relevant antifungal activity. However, a potential effect was observed when extracts were applied with metronidazole. Results suggest a source of natural products with antifungal modifying activity.
A study in Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine of ethanolic extract of Mentha arvensis in albino mice showed free radical scavenging activity by DPPH assay, antimicrobial activity against S. typhi, S. paratyphi, S. boydii, S. pyogenes and S. aureus, cytotoxic lethality against brine shrimp nauplii and analgesic effect in acetic acid induced writhing.
Wild mint is one of 13 essential oils that showed anti-candidal activity.
A 2005 study of essential oils and ethanolic extracts of leaves and roots of 35 medicinal plants in Brazil screened for anti-candida activity.
A 2008 study in "Enhancement of Antibiotic Activity" evaluated Mentha arvensis and chlorpromazine for antimicrobial activity alone or in combination with conventional antibiotics against strains of Escherichia coli.
Study showed a potentiating effect of the extract with gentamicin. Results suggest Wild mint has potential as a source of plant-derived natural product with resistance-modifying activity and use against bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Similarly, chlorpromazine demonstrated a potentiating effect on kanamycin, amikacin, and tobramycin suggesting involvement of an efflux systems in resistance to the aminoglycosides.
The catechins and polyphenolic compounds found in this herb can help fight bacteria and viral pathogens.
Wild mint has also been studied at length for its cancer-fighting activity.
One study assessed the anticancer activity of the mint varietal, and found it to produce significant anti-mutagenic effects on mammalian cell lines.
In another study, methanolic extracts of Wild mint and Ocimum basilicum produced remarkable cytotoxic effects on human breast cancer cell lines. Methanolic extract of Wild mint, in addition to extracts of two other mint species, was found to have a significant anti-proliferative effect against human cancer cells.
A 2014 study of Kumar Chandan, Subash Vishwakarma and Caroline Jeba Sheikh Khushbu in "Growth Suppression and Apoptosis" evaluated Mentha arvensis for in vitro cytotoxicity against human cancer cell line (Hep G2 cell line). Results showed Wild mint significantly suppresses growth and induces apoptosis.
A 2017 study about "Silver Nanoparticles / Anti-Breast Cancer" reported on the cost-effective and eco-friendly synthesis of green silver nanoparticles (GSNPs) using a leaf extract as reducing agent. Results suggest GSNPs synthesized using M. arvensis has potential as anticancer agent in breast cancer therapy. They are less toxic and nonmutagenic and mediate caspase 9-dependent apoptosis in MCF7 and MDA-MB-231 cells. Mediated green silver nanoparticles trigger cell death.
A 2010 review "Radioprotective potential of mint" in Journal of Cancer Researcdh and Therapeutics reports on alternative agents that are less toxic that may possess radioprotective effects. Mentha piperita and Mentha arvensis protected mice against y-radiation-induced sickness and mortality. The radioprotective effects may be due to free radical scavenging, antioxidant, metal chelating, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, and enhancement of DNA repair processes. Drug was non-toxic up to a dose of 1,000 mg/kbw.
A 2002 study in "Influence of the Leaf Extract of Mentha arvensis on the Survival of Mice Exposed to Different Doses of Gamma Radiation" of mint extract on mice showed benefit with pretreatment of mice with reduction in the severity of symptoms of radiation sickness and mortality.
Study of mint extract on mice showed benefit with pretreatment of mice with reduction in the severity of symptoms of radiation sickness and mortality. Radiation-induced damage to normal tissues restrict the therapeutic doses of radiation that can be delivered to tumors.
Due to its rich constituents of antioxidants such as polyphenols, quercetin, caffeic acid and catechin, this herb offers great support to the cardiovascular system.
A 2012 study "Cardiovascular Benefits / Inhibition of Platelet Aggregation" in International Journal of Endorsing Health Science Research, Vol 2, Issue 1 evaluated a fraction from crude extract of Mentha arvensis for effects on arachidonic acid metabolism. Wild mint inhibited arachidonic acid metabolite thromboxane B2, a stable analogue of thromboxane-A2.
When the Wild mint was investigated for antiplatelet activity, it inhibited human platelet aggregation induced by arachidonic acid as well as ADP and platelet activating factor. Since arachidonic acid-induced aggregation is mediated through thromboxane-A2, results indicate inhibition of platelet aggregation may be responsible for the benefits of Wild mint in patients with ischemic heart disease. Fractions of Wild mint may also have potential for isolation of pure compounds with dual inhibition of COX and LOX pathways, which may be beneficial for prevention and treatment of inflammatory conditions.
A 2013 study "Hepatoprotective And Antioxidant Activity Of Ethanol Extract Of Mentha arvensis Leaves Against Carbon Tetrachloride Induced Hepatic Damage In Rats" evaluated various extracts of leaves against carbon tetrachloride induced liver damage in rats. Results showed a hepatoprotective effect with significant reductions of liver enzymes almost comparable to silymarin. Hepatoprotection was confirmed by histopathological examination. Phytochemical screening yielded flavonoids, steroids, triterpenoids, alkaloids, glycosides, carbohydrates, tannins, phenolic compounds.
Study of an ethanol extract of leaves showed hepatoprotective in CCl4-induced hepatic damage. Phytochemical analysis yielded the presence of flavonoids and phenolic compounds which are known for hepatoprotective and antioxidant properties.
High intensity aroma of this herb is known to be effective in clearing the congestion occurring in nose as well as throat. It is also one of the most effective cures for treating respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis. Yerba Buena tea can help eliminate infections as well as reduce phlegm and mucus found in our respiratory tracts.
Cold and Flu:
The minty scent and flavour of Yerba Buena is used in vaporizers to unclog the nasal passage due to accumulation of phlegm and helps to relieve inflammation. It also acts as an expectorant. Fresh or dried Wild mint herbs can be used for preparing yerba buena tea for tackling cold, fever and cough.
It is also due to the menthol content that Yerba Buena can soothe a congested sinus. The menthol acts as an agent that helps the airflow in our nose.
This herb’s minty scent can help calm the muscles in the respiratory system, which will help reduce asthma attacks. The scent can come from extracted oil as used in vaporizers or by burning the leaves and inhaling the fumes.
A 2017 Study "Anti-Asthmatic Effect of Combined Yerba Buena and Oregano" in Acta Medica Philippina Vol 51, No 2 evaluated the combined anti-asthmatic effect of aqueous and methanol leaf extracts of Mentha arvensis and Coleus amboinicus in asthma-induced mice using immunoglobulin E (IgE). The extracts showed a potential benefit in the treatment of asthma as evidenced by a significant (p<0.001) anti-inflammatory effect on IgE, with histopath evidenced of widening of the alveoli on treated mice.
A 2012 study in "Phyto-chemical analysis, anti-allergic and anti- inflammatory activity of Mentha arvensis in animals" and African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology on anti-allergic activity using a histamine inhibitory assay showed the ethanol extracts of leaf and root markedly inhibited the release of histamine from mast cells.
On anti-inflammatory testing using a histamine-induced paw edema model, all extracts showed anti-inflammatory effect suggesting the presence of compounds capable of inhibiting histamine release from the mast cells and/or block histamine receptors.
The minty and relaxing effect of Yerba Buena is used as a topical aid in alleviating the pain associated with arthritis, gout, headache and other body and joint pains. The aches that can be soothed by Yerba buena include headaches, toothache, abdominal pains, menstrual cramps, and various types of arthritis. In a study, the application of this herb in oil form was effective in treating headache. Not only does this herb possess a cooling property, it can also improve blood flow.
Mentha arvensis provides potent analgesic action and is used externally in rheumatism, neuralgia and headaches. In an herbal liniment where it was combined with four other medicinal plants, the liniment was found effective in ligament or muscle injury pain (sprains, strains, spasms, tennis elbow, etc), less so in osteoarthritis of the joint and periarthritis of the shoulder. No adverse reactions were reported. Efficacy was noted better in synergism with oral or parenteral analgesics.
Studies reveal that Yerba Buena leaves contain analgesic properties thus can be used for relieving pain. The leaves concoction can be used for treating stomach ache, toothache and headache.
For analgesic purposes, boil a handful of yerba leaves with a cup of water for 15 mins. Allow the drink to cool down before drinking. Repeat the process every 3 to 4 hours for relief.
Those suffering from arthritis have found that this herb’s analgesic properties help provide pain relief. Similarly, it has been found to aid in recovering from injuries and illnesses. To aid in pain relief, it can be ingested as a tea or applied to wounded areas topically.
The leaves can be squeezed and used for treating rheumatism and arthritic pain. The squeezed leaves can also be mixed with eucalyptus essential oil before being applied to the affected body parts.
Yerba Buena tea can be taken during menstrual period to stop dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation). The leaves can serve as an antispasmodic herbal drug and as such can be used to relieve the body from spasm of involuntary muscle.
Eases Pain During Breast Feeding:
During breast feeding process your nipple can be severally affected. This herb is known to contain certain compounds which helps in treating issues such as cracked nipples as well as any pain which has occurred during the process. In the International Breastfeeding Journal suggests lane ways consume mint water to prevent cracking of the nipple and nipple pain at first lactating mothers.
A 2002 study in Journal of Ethnopharmacology of the ether extract of Wild mint on male mice showed reduction of number of offspring, with decrease in testes weight, sperm count and motility, among others.
Results suggest that the ether extract of Wild mint possess reversible antifertility properties. All induced effects returned to normalcy within 30 days of withdrawal of 60-day treatment.
Popular toothpaste brands use yerba buena for preparing natural toothpaste and dental care. If you are also searching for good toothpaste for whitening teeth, look out for the one with yerba buena. Both yerba buena and other herbs can serve as natural ingredients in mouthwash.
Yerba Buena has shown to help in whitening teeth as well as keeping your breath fresh. This herb has been known to be effective in promoting the health of mouth. Due to its germicidal properties this herb has been known to be effective in clearing any bacteria present in the mouth and hence prevents bad breath as well as cavities from occurring.
One of the practical Yerba buena plant benefits is its ability to get rid of bad breath. While others choose to mix it with essential oils, like tea tree oil, drinking the tea is often enough to achieve fresher breath. Yerba Buena or mint is widely used in commercial mouth washes or flavouring for gums and candies.
Yerba Buena is chewed to treat toothache and a decoction can be gargled to treat mouth sores and ulcers, gum disease and even swollen tonsils and sore throats.
Stress and Depression:
Mint has been known to be one of the natural stimulants which are known to be effective in charging the batteries of the body. This helps in increasing the brain function while at the same time tends to be effective in boosting up your mood and hence cheering you up.
Yerba Buena tea is taken as a relaxant to combat stress and anxiety. It is also used in vaporizers to calm the body and as scent mixed over baths.
A 2010 "Comparative study of Mentha arvensis Linn whole plant extracts for antioxidant and antidepressant activity" in Planta Med of aqueous extracts in Swiss albino mice showed significant in vitro antioxidant (DPPH, NO, and hydroxyl radical scavenging assays) and antidepressant (tail suspension and forced swim tests) activity.
Mint helps in boosting up the cognitive ability and hence tends to cure or prevent issue such as memory loss which arises primarily due to old age. This herb has been known to increase the mental alertness while at the same time increasing the remembering capacity.
Yerba Buena tea or mint tea is usually taken after meal to improve digestion and burning of fat. If you drink this tea regularly, it can help suppress your appetite as well as promote fat burning, leading to losing some unwanted pounds.
Wild mint leaves consists of vitamins E and D that are very good for maintaining healthy skin. In this case, used to help renew dead skin or skin that is not good. Besides the benefits of salicylic acid, which is very useful in the process of replacement of skin cells that have been damaged. So that the skin is growing afterward become healthier and appear fresh.
As it’s chockfull with antioxdants that are good for your skin, drinking Yerba Buena can help improve your skin quality while eliminating free radicals, soothing inflammation, and reducing wrinkles. Antibacterial and Antifungal properties. Yerba Buena oil is used to treat various skin infections and conditions that include eczema, insect bites, scars and wounds, burns, scabies, ringworms and other skin infections.
The juice which is derived from the leaves of mint is known to act as an excellent cleanser and is utilised for the purpose of removing skin inflammations as well as any skin infections. Applied on face this herb tends to reduce any sort of pimples as well as acne from growing.
This herb is known to contain germicidal as well as anti-bacterial properties and therefore tends to reduce any symptoms associated with allergies and infections. Wild Mint leaves are excellent in controlling allergic skin. For those who often suffer from skin allergies, you should try to add a mint leaf on the food they consume. This is because the mint has a substance that can help in controlling and eliminating the fungus and bad bacteria. Given that control allergies that will attack the skin becomes more controllable.
The stems of Yerba Buena can be crushed to form a poultice. The poultice can be applied on wounds, bruises, abrasions and cuts for healing. Applying them to scrapes and wounds can help them heal faster.
Yerba Buena leaves can be squeezed and applied on the the body parts bitten by insects. The application relieves the affected body parts from pain and itching.
A 2012 "Fumigant Toxicity of Mentha arviensis Leaves Extracts on Coptotermes heimi, Heterotermes indicola and Their Gut Flagellates" in Sociobiology Vol. 59, No. 4 study evaluated crude extract of leaves of Mentha arvensis for insecticidal activity against termite workers, soldiers, and gut flagellates of Coptotermes heimi and Heterotermes indicola. Results showed a significant increase in mortality of both termite species.
Yerba Buena can serve as a natural repellent for warding off insects and rodents away from the house. Mentha arvensis can be an effective natural anti-termite drug and its use would lessen the risk of environmental contamination associated with synthetic insecticides.
Traditional Uses of Wild Mint:
- Five parts of the plant are used to control phlegm, help menstrual blood to descend, strengthen the kidneys, treat asthma, for liver and spleen diseases, and for inflammation of the joints.
- When the whole plant is dried, prevents thirst and fevers, aids digestion and promotes urination.
- Plant is used in making medicines to treat gas disorders, distended and bloated stomach, fevers, and muscle twitches.
- It can also be boiled and taken to cure stomachaches.
- Liquid obtained from leaves can be mixed with honey and licked to cure loose bowels.
- They can be boiled and taken to cure inflammation and aching joints, sore throat, and coughing.
- Boiled with dried ginger, they are used to treat colds.
- Crushed young leaves are used as an inhaler and to treat a dazed dizzy feeling, and also to clear the brain.
- Liquid from the leaf is rubbed on like an ointment to relieve aching eyes.
- Liquid from distilling them can be given to cure stomachaches in children and to treat hypertension.
- They can be chewed and pressed onto a cat’s bite to disinfect it.
- Adding leaves to an anti-nausea medicine will speed its action.
- Wild mint, like many other members of this genus, is often used as a domestic herbal remedy, being valued especially for its antiseptic properties and its beneficial effect on the digestion.
- Whole plant is anaesthetic, anti-phlogistic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenogogue, galactofuge, refrigerant, stimulant and stomachic.
- Tea made from the leaves has traditionally been used in the treatment of fevers, headaches, digestive disorders and various minor ailments.
- Leaves are a classical remedy for stomach cancer.
- Leaves are harvested as the plant comes into flower and can be dried for later use
- Essential oil in the leaves is antiseptic, though it is toxic in large doses.
- In Ayurveda, Pudina is considered as appetizer and useful in gastric troubles.
- Wild mint was traditionally used to treat flatulence, digestive problems, gall bladder problems and coughs in Europe.
- The Aztecs used it for similar purposes and also to induce sweating and cure insomnia.
- Oil was extracted and rubbed into the skin for aches and pains.
- Regular consumption helps you to get rid of toxins from the body.
- It relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, eases the gas passage and relieves Abdominal Pain.
- It reduces cramps and Indigestion.
- Mint leaves builds up the healthy immunity and keeps the body free from Infections and Inflammation.
- Fresh mint leaves aid for bad breath and cures tooth decay and used as a mouth freshener.
- It is best used for acne and cures other skin problems. Its paste removes blackheads, dark circles and pimples.
- Paste has skin lightening properties and gets rid of dry skin.
- It decreases the hunger, increases the sense of fullness and satisfaction after having meal.
- Mint tea and chutney encourages the digestive enzymes and promotes the fat burning process.
- It consists of phytochemicals called perillyl alcohol that helps to fight different types of Cancer.
- It is an effective cure for the expecting mothers and relieves nausea, indigestion and vomiting that occurs during morning sickness.
- Chew and smell the fresh leaves daily morning to get relief from the morning sickness.
- It purifies the blood and relieves the muscle cramps.
- Mint eases the pain associated with menses and calms the uterus.
- It is consider a golden key to prevent Allergy and Hay Fever.
- It eases the problem of Cold and Cough.
- Inhale it through a vaporizer to clear respiratory tract and to relieve respiratory inflammation.
- It can also be used to reduce toothaches and swellings of gum.
- Oil extraction of these leaves is used in the treatments of insomnia and nervous tension.
Culinary Uses of Wild Mint:
- Leaves can be consumed raw or cooked.
- A reasonably strong minty flavor with a slight bitterness, they are used as a flavoring in salads or cooked foods.
- Herb tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves.
- An essential oil from the plant is used as a flavoring in sweets and beverages.
Other Uses of Wild Mint:
- The solid obtained from their oil is used as an additive in toothpaste and soap in order to enhance their properties.
- Plant is used as an insect repellent.
- Rats and mice intensely dislike the smell of mint.
- Plant was therefore used in homes as a strewing herb and has also been spread in granaries to keep the rodents off the grain.
- Leaves also repel various insects.
- An essential oil is obtained from the plant.
- The sub-species M. arvensis piperascens produces the best oil, which can be used as a substitute for, or adulterant of, peppermint oil.
- Whole plant has a very strong, almost oppressive, smell of mint.
- Flowers are very attractive to bees and butterflies.
- Mint extracts and menthol-related chemicals are used in food, drinks, cough medicines, creams and cigarettes.
- Mentha arvensis oil is used in soaps, perfumes and other cosmetic products.
- It is also used as a fragrance element in detergents.
- This oil is used in aromatherapy.
- Leaves as well as the oil of these plants are used in toothpastes and mouthwashes.
- Acid Reflux: Chew Mint leaves after every meal. / Take out the juice of Tomato. Put one teaspoon Ginger Juice and one teaspoon Field Mint juice in half cup of Tomato juice. Drink once a day. / Prepare a tea by adding Mint leaves and Licorice bark. Drink once a day. / Put some Alfalfa leaves in a cup of boiling water. Add few Mint Leaves. Consume as a tea after every meal.
- Acne: Apply fresh juice of Mint on the affected areas. Leave it for half an hour. It is rich in nutrients and has anti-inflammatory effects. It will help in treating Acne, as well as scars left after acne. Apply daily to get good results. / Take equal quantity of the leaves of Mint and Basil. Crush them to make a paste. Add some Lime juice in it. Mix and apply on the Pimples.Acne: Take 1 teaspoon Basil Leaves Powder, 1 teaspoon Mint Leaves Juice and 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice. Mix them. Apply on the face till it dries. Wash with cold water. / Crush fresh leaves of Coriander and Mint together. Apply this paste on acne. Let the paste dry and wash with water.
- Age Spot: Grind 15 Mint leaves. Now mash a Banana. Mix both. Apply on the face. Let it dry and wash with fresh water.
- Allergy: Take 10 to 12 leaves of Mint each and Basil. Boil in half liter of water. Steam for 5 minutes thrice a week. / If you are allergic to dust, Crush 5 Mint leaves and put in a cup of Yogurt. Take it once a day.
- Altitude Sickness: Make decoction of the dried leaves of Mint. Have a cup once a day.
- Anorexia: Grind Mint leaves to extract out the juice. Consume a glass of it regularly. It will help to cure anorexia.
- Arthritis: Heat some fresh leaves of Mint on low flame. Put it over the affected muscle or joint when warm.
- Asthma: Take half cup juice of Adhatoda Vasica leaves, Mint leaves, Ginger and Lime. Add 1 cup Carom. Mix well. Leave it under the sun to dry. Grind to make a powder. Preserve it in a container. Take quarter spoon with Honey twice a day for a month.
- Bad Breathe: Chew 3-4 leaves of Mint daily. / Take dried powdered Mint leaves and use to clean your teeth. Regular application is also useful for strengthening the gums.
- Baldness: Mix half cup of Yogurt with One tablespoon each of Olive Oil and powdered Mint. Apply evenly on the scalp at least 1 hour before hair wash. It gives a new shine to your hair and controls hair fall.
- Belching: Crush a handful of Mint leaves. Add it to a glass of water. Drink daily for 15 days. / Add 2 tsp. of Blackberry powder and 2 tsp. of Mint in a cup of boiling water. Let it cool. Drink 2-3 times a day. / Take 10 leaves of mint, 5 gram Ginger and 5 gram Fennel Seeds. Put all ingredients in a glass of water. Boil on low flame. Strain. Have it slowly twice a day after meal.
- Blackheads: Mix Turmeric with Mint juice. Apply over the affected areas. Leave it for 20-25 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
- Blemishes: Take fresh Mint leaves. Extract the juice. Apply on the face. Apply again when dries. Wash with cold water. Regular use gives you the desired result.
- Blocked Nose: Suck fresh 4 to 5 leaves of Mint. / Have one cup tea of Mint leaves twice or thrice a day. / Boil 5 to 10 leaves of Mint in a bowl of water. Take vapor.
- Blood Impurity: Combine equal parts of Alfalfa Leaves, Mint, Stinging Nettle Leaves and Dandelion Leaves. Put One tablespoon of herbs in a cup of water and boil to make a tea. Drink the nourishing blend for Blood Purification.
- Body Lice: Scrub the young leaves of the plant on the affected area. It will give you relief from itching.
- Body Odor: Add 5 to 6 drops of Mint extract and a half teaspoon of Rose Water in your bathing water. It gives you fresh and odorless day.
- Cholera: Grind the root and bark of Sodom to make a fine powder. Add some Ginger juice and Black Pepper. Mix properly to make a thick paste. Make pea sized pills of it. Make a decoction of Cardamom and Mint leaves. Take 1 pill with the decoction after every 2 hours. Use it for 5 days.
- Cold: Make an herbal tea by boiling Mint leaves in water. Drink hot. / Prepare a decoction of Cockelburr Fruit, Magnolia Flower, Angelica Root and Mint Leaves. (Caution: Drink once a day only for 3 days. Over dosage may lead to toxicity).
- Constipation: Grind 3 leaf buds of Acacia Concinna with 1/4 tsp. Tamarind paste, 2 tsp. Mint leaves and 2 tsp. of Coriander leaves. Add Asafetida, Black Pepper and Salt to taste. Mix it in cooked Rice and eat.
- Dark Circles: Crush some Mint leaves. Apply on the dark areas around the Eyes for 15-20 minutes and rinse. Repeat thrice a week. / Chop a handful of Mint leaves and add juice of ½ Lemon in it. Apply on the Dark areas around your eyes and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Wash off gently.
- Dental Abscesses: You can use either Fresh Leaves of Mint or its Essential oil. Apply it on the affected areas. It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Repeat the process 2 to 3 times in a day.
- Eczema: Take fresh Mint leaves. Crush them. Squeeze the crushed leaves to extract its juice. Apply it over the affected area 2 to 3 times a day. Leave it to dry and wash with normal water. / Squeeze and crush Mint leaves to get juice. Add Sandalwood powder. Mix it well to make a paste. Apply it over the affected area and let it dry. Wash with normal water. Repeat as long as the problem persists.
- Facial Neuralgia: Take Mint Oil. Put 4 to 5 drops in boiling water. Inhale the vapor.
- Flatulence: Take 4 leaves of both Mint and Peppermint. Add half tsp. seeds of each Aniseed and Caraway. Prepare tea with it. Drink once a day. / Take equal quantity of powdered Black Pepper, Powdered Ginger, Powdered Mint Leaves and Powdered Coriander Seeds. Grind them to make powder. Have half teaspoon with lukewarm water twice a day.
- Gastric Catarrh: Take fresh Mint juice daily to cure Gastric Catarrh.
- Gum Disease: Boil some leaves in water for 5-10 minutes. Use as a mouth wash.
- Headache: Grind some fresh Mint leaves and apply the paste on your forehead. It is useful in headaches caused by depression or heat.
- Heat Exhaustion: Extract the juice of Mint leaves by grinding and squeezing them. Pour 3-4 tablespoons of the juice in one glass of water and add a pinch of sugar in it. Drink it once a day.
- Hoarseness: Take 2 Cardamom, ½ teaspoon Fennel, 10 Mint Leaves and quarter teaspoon Lemon juice Boil first three ingredients in a glass of water. Add Lemon juice and one teaspoon of Honey. Have 2 tablespoons after every 4 hours. / Take 2 fresh leaves of Mint and a small piece of Ginger. Chew them together once a day.
- Hyper Pigmentation: Make a paste of mint leaves. Apply it over the affected area and wash after 15 minutes.
- Immunity Booster: Add 2 cutted Kiwi Fruits with 1 Lemon, some leaves of Parsley, 2 to 3 leaves of Mint and a half teaspoon of Honey into a half glass of water, Blend all together. Drink this mixture daily. This healthy juice will enhance your immunity.
- Indigestion: Take combined mixture of White poplar, Balmony, Aniseed and Golden Seal for treatment of indigestion / Take 100 gram Mint, 100 gram Coriander, 2 or 3 Onions, One Tomato and 5 to 6 Chili. Put them in a grinder. Grind them properly. Have it with your food. (Attention: This chutney is very beneficial for digestive system. Take it whole life). / Mix equal quantities of Aniseed, Caraway, Dill and Fennel. Add dried Mint leaves in it. Steep 1 tsp. in ½ cup of boiling water. Take 30 Minutes before a meal. / Take half teaspoon juice of each Mint leaves and Lemon. Mix and take it with Honey. / Boil 7-8 leaves of Basil and Mint. Strain and drink this water to get relief from Indigestion. / Boil some Alfalfa leaves or Seeds along with Mint leaves in a cup of water. Drink Luke warm after every meal.
- Insect Bites: Apply the leaf juice on the affected area. / Rub the crushed leaves on the affected part.
- Insomnia: Take equal quantities of Dill, Mint and Fennel. Soak 1 tsp. in ½ cup boiling water. Take with Honey at bed time.
- Jaundice: Take 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice, 1 tablespoon of Mint juice and 1 tablespoon of Ginger juice. Add ½ teaspoon of Honey to all 3 juices. Mix them well. Take 1 table spoon of this combo 2 times in a day. This will help to deal with jaundice.
- Leucoderma: Take a hand full of Neem leaves and Mint leaves. Add 2 big spoons of Aloe Vera gel to the mixture. Apply on the affected area and leave it for 20 minutes. Repeat the process 2 times in a day.
- Lung Disease: Take One tablespoon each of Mint leaf Juice and Carrot juice. Add some Honey and take on an empty stomach in the morning for a few weeks. It strengthens the lungs.
- Memory Enhancer: Boil Mint leaves for 8 minutes. Add 2 ml Black Cumin oil in it. Use it regularly for 1 month.
- Menstrual Disorders: Mix fresh Mint leaves juice with Honey in equal quantity. Consume it 30 minutes after meals twice a day.
- Morning Sickness: Boil a handful of Mint leaves in some water and inhale the fumes to get relief. / Take One tablespoon each Lemon juice, Mint leaf juice and Honey. Add half tablespoon chopped Ginger. Mix well and drink twice a day.
- Nausea: Apply the crushed Mint leaves at nostrils of the patient.
- Nerve Disorders: Take equal quantity of Valerian Root, Field Mint Leaves, Chamomile Flowers, Caraway Seeds and Basil Leaves. Put all in a jar. Grind. Add one teaspoon in one cup hot water. Keep for 20 to 25 minutes and drink twice a day.
- Obesity: Boil some Mint leaves in water. Cool. Add salt and crushed Black Pepper in it. Drink thrice a day. / Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of grated Ginger, 1 sliced Cucumber, 1 sliced Lemon and ½ cup of fresh Mint leaves. Take 5 to 6 cups of water. Add all the above herbs in it. Stir well. Keep it in the refrigerator for a night. Drink it next day. Have it 2 to 3 times a day. (Note: Make a fresh infusion for every day). / Blend 2 leaves of Mint, some fresh leaves of Parsley, a half teaspoon of Honey, half Lemon and 2 Kiwi Fruits with a glass of fresh water. Daily intake of this juice will help you in reducing your weight.
- PCOS: Boil 4 to 5 fresh Mint leaves in water and have this tea every day.
- Peeling Skin: Crush fresh Mint leaves. Squeeze the juice. Apply over affected parts before going to bed. Rinse in the morning.
- Phlegm: Take the leaves of Mint and Eucalyptus in equal quantity. Boil in 2 liters of water. Remove from heat and take steam.
- Piles: Take a decoction of Mint, Honey, Ginger and Sweet Lime for a cooling effect in Piles and to stay away from toxins.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: Chop the fresh Mint leaves and squeeze the juice. Mix a few drops of Eucalyptus oil. Massage gently on the painful parts.
- Sallow Skin: Take fresh Mint leaves. Crush them. Apply over affected areas. Let it dry. Rinse with normal water. / Dry Mint leaves. Crush to make powder. Take a teaspoon of powder. Add Yogurt or Rose Water to make paste. Apply over affected parts. Let it dry. Rinse with normal water. It gives you light complexion and glow.
- Scarlet Fever: Add 4-5 crushed Mint leaves in one cup of water. Boil it. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and drink it twice daily.
- Sinusitis: Take 10 Cloves, 10 Field Mint leaves and 10 Eucalyptus leaves. Boil in one liter water. Inhale the steam twice a day. (Attention: You may take steam of simple water, if these ingredients are not available).
- Skin Diseases: Crush Mint leaves to make paste. Apply it over infected areas.
- Stomach Ache: Take One teaspoon each of Mint juice and lime juice. Add Ginger and one pinch of black salt to taste. Drink. / Take equal quantity of Dry Ginger, Black Pepper, Roasted Cumin Seeds, Dry Mint Leaves, Coriander, Asafetida, Garlic and Rock Salt and make powder. Have one tablespoon after meals. / Take fresh Mint leaves. Crush. Extract the juice. Add half teaspoon Lemon juice in one teaspoon of Mint juice. Have it twice a day. / Prepare decoction from Mint leaves. Drink a cup 3 times a day.
- Stomach Problems: Use a teaspoon of dried, or a small handful of fresh leaves for each cup of tea. Boil a handful of Mint leaves in a cup of water. Drink the tasty and healthy tea for stomach problems.
- Strangury: Prepare tincture of Mint Leaves. Take 2 teaspoons once a day.
- Tonsillitis: Boil a handful of Mint leaves in a cup of water till is reduced to half. Add some Honey for taste and drink warm. Use this herbal remedy thrice a day for a few days.
- Toothache: Prepare a decoction of Mint leaves in two glasses of water. Strain. Take ¼ th glass 2-3 times a day.
- Vomiting: Take one teaspoon Juice of each of Basil leaves, Field Mint and Aniseed. Mix juices and have it. / Take Lime juice, Mint juice in equal quantity and add Ginger juice in half quantity. / Mix half tsp. each of Lime juice and Mint juice. Add quarter tsp. Ginger juice with 1 tsp. Honey in it. Have it once a day. It helps in stopping the vomiting.
- Wrinkles: Extract the juices of 4-5 fresh Mint leaves, half teaspoon of Rose Water and 4-5 pieces of Cucumber. Soak the cotton ball in the juice and apply on the wrinkles. Leave it for 15 minutes. Wash it with warm water.
- Yellow Teeth: Take 1 tablespoon Almond Peels Powdered, 1 tablespoon Dried Mint Leaves Powdered and ½ tablespoon Common Salt. Mix all ingredients. Keep in a bottle. Use it daily to rub your teeth once a day before brush.