We're MINT To Be!!

by Ashley Terrell 3 months ago in organic

The Herb To Introduce To The Spice Rack...

We're MINT To Be!!
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Growing up, I was only aware of mint gums and candies. My go-to candies were more creative in taste and flavor [unlike mint].

Little did I know, mint has many versatile uses like syrups for adult beverages, baking pastries, and much more. I've grown to enjoy springs of mint in my water and various dessert tarts I've made for Stella Bistro Foods. Many Middle Eastern cuisines use mint within food dishes.

As I continue my journey to exploring food, I discovered mint has an interesting and beneficial health property for people to live their best life!

Also known scientifically as genus Mentha. Genus Mentha belongs to the Lamiaceae family, which has between 15 to 20 plant species, including peppermint and spearmint.

Mint is known as an herbal remedy used for centuries in traditional medicine.

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According to Alamanac, there are five mint categories.

1 - Peppermint: Consisting of Mentha and Piperita.

2 - Spearmint: Consisting of Mentha and Spicata.

3 - Scotch spearmint: Consisting of Mentha and Gracius.

4 - Cornmint: Contains Mentha Arvensis.

5 - Apple Mint: Contains Mentha Suaveolens.

Here a few reasons below why you should add mint to your spice rack:

- Mint is PACKED with nutrients and antioxidants!

Wait until you read this!

Mint is a good source for fat-soluble vitamin A, which is good for your eyes and protects against cell damage caused by oxidative stress.

Did you know peppermint oil contains anti-microbial properties?

Anti-microbial properties found in peppermint oil can help improve cell damage, meaning mint can improve your skin blemishes and acne, scars, rashes, bug bites, and bacteria related infections.

Mint contains an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarininc acid, which can help with allergies. Additionally, mint is full of phyto-compounds that protect against bad bacteria and viruses.

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Mint can improve the digestion system.

Many people suffer from the common digestion disorder known as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. IBS carries symptoms of stomach pain, bloating, and irregular bowel movements.

According to Healthline, peppermint oil contains a compound called menthol, which can relieve irritable bowel symptoms, while relaxing muscles of the digestive tract.

Nine studies with about 700 participants with IBS symptoms felt improvement with adding peppermint capsules.

Another study found three-quarters of patients using peppermint oil during four weeks saw improvements with bowel regularity.

Indigestion occurs when food rest in the stomach too long prior to passing into the remaining digestive tract.

Studies found peppermint oil [taken along with meals] could relieve symptoms of indigestion.

Mint improves brain function.

Growing up, my fourth-grade teacher use to hand out peppermint candies before every big test. My teacher would tell us to eat the peppermint candy prior to or during testing time.

Had I known mint could help me ace a test, I would've applied this practice in college!

According to Healthline, a study with 144 young adult participants who experienced the aroma of peppermint oil can significantly improve brain function.

Adding mint is easy to do!

I enjoy gardening, so I like to grow fresh mint during the permitted season(s). Growing mint is fairly easy and beginner-friendly.

Discover various types of mint at your local farmer's market or local grocery store. The most common herbs within the mint family are thyme, basil, oregano, majoram, rosemary, and sage.

I enjoy using mint blended with the spices that I use in everyday cooking and baking.

As I mentioned before, I've created numerous meals with Stella Bistro Foods. I love the creative sultry spices Stella Bistro Foods offers with mint-related herbs. Stella Bistro Foods Rustic Italian Sultry Spice and Stella Bistro Foods Greek Sultry Spice have mint-related herb blends that compliment my choices of proteins, starches, and vegetables.

At night, I like to use peppermint oil drops to help with my allergies and nasal congestion. It's easy to use as well.

How do you use mint? Let's talk about it below!

Ashley Terrell
Ashley Terrell
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Ashley Terrell

Bestselling author. Entrepreneur. Seasonings and spices saved my life. Where sheep and angels share the same color. Newport News, VA. Conqueror and lover of all things Fine Arts.

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