The botanical name of peppermint is Mentha piperita. It belongs to Lamiaceae family. It is also known as Milakukkirai vittu (Tamil) and Pudina Patte (Hindi). Peppermint leaves are minty and fresh. They can lift your spirit and better your mood. This natural cure is known for its medicinal value and distinct aroma. It has greenish – purple lance – shaped leaves and a refreshing cool flavor. Peppermint leaves are often used in the home products like ointments, toothpaste, mouthwashes and bath preparations due to its cooling sensation, sharp menthol smell and refreshing aroma. It is known that the peppermint leaf powder is used in the flavoring beverages and other food items. You can add peppermint leaves in your salads and also they add flavor to drink or even purified water. Peppermint leaves have compounds which possess medicinal and therapeutic properties. You can find peppermint leaves throughout the year and they are mostly used during the summer season because they have cooling effect. Here are some health benefits of peppermint leaves:
Peppermint leaves treat of head lice
Peppermint leaves have antibacterial properties which can help in the treatment of head lice infestation.
Peppermint leaves treat of dandruff
You can use a strong tea made by peppermint leaves and nettle leaves because it can help your hair to rid of the dandruff. This can help to soothe your scalp and to promote the hair growth.
Herbal remedy for skin problems
These leaves are used as an ingredient in many topical creams for treating very different skin problems, such as poison ivy, poison oak, rashes and hives. When you are applying these ointments, then they have soothing and cooling effects on your skin. This is a natural ingredient and it does not have side effects to all skin problems. It is preferred because it has soothing and cooling effects on the body.
Ability to enhance the memory
It is known that peppermint leaves have strong aroma which can enhance memory and they will increase the mental alertness by calming and soothing your nervous system.
Peppermint leaves maintenance of skin health
It is known that peppermint leaves can help you to have smooth and shiny skin and it can help to maintain your skin too. Peppermint leaves have nutrients which can restore skin elasticity, reduce swelling, minimize pores and help tone the skin. These leaves have Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are powerful antioxidants that will fight against the inflammation appearing in the form of red marks on your skin. Peppermint leaves have folate, riboflavin and B vitamins which can brighten the complexion. You can powder the peppermint leaves in sugar scrubs because they are having an invigorating effects on your skin.
Helpful in treating IBS
We know that IBS can leave us agitated and frustrated. You should add mint to your food and you will notice positive effects on your stomach. These leaves have soothing effects on your stomach muscles and also they will relax them and help to ease the clonic spasms.
Increases female sterility
This health benefit of peppermint leaves can be used by women who want to increase their sterility.
Peppermint leaves are stimulants which can trigger the release of proper digestive enzymes and also it aids in the proper digestion. This can help to absorb all the proper nutrients from the food we consume and it can equally distribute the fat in your body.
Peppermint leaves treats depression and stress
Peppermint leaves are natural stimulating and they have a refreshing aroma which can leave you free and happy all day long because it will give you the much needed boost. You should drink peppermint tea because it can help to bring down the stress.
During the breastfeeding women are faced with soreness of nipples. When you are done with your breastfeeding stage, then you can apply mint oil on your nipples because it can help you to treat cracks and it will give you a soothing effect. Also you can rub peppermint leaves on the affected areas because this will help you too. Peppermint leaves have cooling and soothing properties which can soften the blow of harsh suction and these properties will bring down the nipple pain.