Mentha arvensis is commonly known as mint and Pudina. This belongs to genus Mentha which consists of about forty species of perennial aromatic herb which are distributed throughout world. It has expectorant, antiseptic, antipyretic, antimicrobial, stimulant with anti-aging properties and is very good for digestive system. Generally it is used for flavouring foods and beverages.
Latin name: Mentha arvensis
English name: Mint
Health benefits of Mint
- Mint has antioxidant properties that prevent free radical damage.
- Mint has central nervous system modulating effects and antidepressant activity.
- Mint helps to get relief from abdominal gas and pain, nausea, vomiting peptic ulcer, indigestion and cough.
- Mint is good for digestive system and has liver protecting properties.
How to use mint leaves
You can use fresh or dried leaves of mint. For drying purpose fresh perfect leaves should be selected and washed in tap water. Then these should be shade dried for few days in hygienic condition. You can use dried mint leaves to prepare mint tea. You can also use fresh mint leaves to prepare chutney which has very good aromatic taste.