Peppermint is gaining in popularity as a weight loss herb and for its ability to curb cravings for sugar. When the herb reaches the small intestine it sends ‘I’m full’ messages to the brain by stimulating the release of cholecystokinin, a hormone that causes muscles in the gall bladder and colon to tighten. Also, the fresh, minty flavor leaves your mouth feeling clean, which makes you less likely to snack on sugary or high calorie foods.
The scent of mint recharges the mind and body. Basketball players who sniffed the herb ten minutes before playing, reported increased energy, motivation, and alertness. The scent of mint stimulates the RAS, that’s the region of the brain which governs alertness.
Add one cup of dried mint, and one cup of lavender buds to a glass jar, cover, and shake well to mix the herbs. For a quick energy boost, shake the jar, open and breathe in deeply. The essential oils will release a fragrance that will refresh you much better than coffee or cola.
Peppermint, spearmint, orange, or chocolate mint contain health-enhancing flavonoids that are absorbed through the skin into the blood stream and muscles where they trigger the release of prostaglandins, chemicals that reduce inflammation in painful joints. In, addition, the mints contain menthol, a compound that has a mild analgesic effect on the brain.
Because the feet are so sensitive to discomfort after a long day of standing on them, mix 1/2 cup Epsom salts and 1/2 cup dried or fresh mint leaves in a tub of very warm water. Soak for ten minutes, rinse and pat dry with a towel. A small amount of magnesium in the Epsom salts is absorbed into the blood stream, thereby reducing puffiness and foot cramps. Soak until the water has cooled.
For puffy eyes- place a cold, wet mint tea bag on each eye lid. Relax and close your eyes for ten minutes, and allow the mint to reduce the swelling.
My favorite mints are spearmint, orange mint and chocolate mint, and of course the ever popular peppermint. Love those peppermint patties! The next time you’re out shopping at the grocery or farmers market, pick up some fresh mint. It will keep for two weeks or longer in the vegetable crisper of the fridge. Mint has many uses, and not just for tea or baking.
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