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Peppermint leaves, or popularly known as pudina in the Indian sub-continent, are one of the best herbs that have been in use since the ancient times.
You must have seen peppermint leaves being used for various culinary purposes - adding it to your favourite lemon chai, curries, juices, salads and soups for the aroma and flavour.
Also, peppermint leaf extracts are used in several toothpastes as well as chewing gums, as they are known for their rich germicidal properties.
But, above all these, peppermint leaves are known to have plenty of health benefits. Right from boosting your immune system to treating bad breath.
Peppermint leaves are widely grown across the Asian and European sub-continent and across Middle-East as well.
Peppermint leaves are used in the form of fresh leaves, in dried form and even in the form of an essential oil. Using peppermint leaves in each of the forms can have its own benefits.
Apart from the health benefits, peppermint leaves are known as an excellent mosquito and insect repellent.
Listed here are a few of the major health benefits of peppermint leaves that you might not be aware of. Check them out.
1. Boosts Immunity:
Rich in vitamin C, peppermint leaves help in boosting the immune system. Make it a point to add a few peppermint leaves in the food that you consume for best results.
2. Helps Fight Bad Breath:
One of the best known benefits of peppermint leaves is that it is known for its rich anti-bacterial properties. All that you need to do is take a few peppermint leaves and just chew on them. This helps in fighting the harmful bacteria in the mouth.
3. Helps Fight Indigestion:
If you are suffering from indigestion, then peppermint leaves is one herb that can help. Peppermint leaves help activate the salivary glands as well as digestion-inducing enzymes, thus help with better digestion.
Take a few fresh peppermint leaves, add the leaves to a glass of water and allow it to steep for about 5 minutes. Drink this water on a regular basis until the symptoms subside.
4. Helps Fight Headache & Nausea:
Peppermint is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Take a few drops of mint oil and apply it on to your forehead and the temple are. This helps in fighting headache and nausea effectively.
5. Prevents Respiratory Disease:
If you find any difficulty in breathing with your lungs, check out for mint leaves. Peppermint leaves contain rosmarinic acid, known for its rich antioxidant properties that help neutralize the free radicals and block the inflammatory chemicals, which affect the respiratory system. Adding peppermint leaves to your daily food helps in preventing the respiratory disease.
6. Aids In Weight Loss:
Peppermint is one of the best known herbs that is low in calories and rich in fibre content. Peppermint leaves help in stimulating the digestive enzymes that help absorb nutrients from food, burn fat and turn them into usable energy. If you want to lose weight, add peppermint leaves on a regular basis to your diet. It helps.
7. Helps Prevent Cancer:
Peppermint is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Due to these properties, peppermint helps in fighting free radicals, which are one of the major causes for cancer. Adding peppermint leaves in your regular diet helps in fighting cancer effectively.
8. Good For Eye Health:
Due to its rich vitamin A and beta-carotene properties, consuming peppermint leaves are good for maintaining eye health. Add a few of these peppermint leaves to your regular food, soup, salads and juices for best results.
9. Reduces Fatigue:
If you are too tired or fatigued, ingesting peppermint leaves or applying a few drops of peppermint oil on the forehead helps in providing a soothing effect to the nerves. Also, before going to bed, applying a few drops of peppermint oil on your pillow case helps in providing relief from fatigue and induces a good sleep.
10. Helps Treat Muscle Ache:
If you are suffering from muscle pain, then applying peppermint oil on the affected area helps in providing a quick relief. Peppermint is known for its rich antispasmodic properties. Applying peppermint oil helps to loosen the muscles and provides a good relief from any kind of pain.