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Mint, a herbal wonder, well known mouth and breath freshener that is scientifically known as Mentha, has more than two dozen species and hundreds of varieties. It also contains remarkable medicinal properties that are very useful for the general health. Nowadays, it is being used in toothpaste, chewing gum, breath fresheners, candy, and inhalers.
Mint consists of a unique flavour and aroma with a cool aftertaste, which is generally used in sweet and savoury dishes such as teas, beverages, jellies, candies, ice creams, and lamb dishes. Mint essential oil and menthol serves as the main flavouring ingredients in breath fresheners, antiseptic for mouth rinses, toothpaste, and chewing gum. Menthol is also used for medicinal treatments as short-term relief of minor sore throat, an antipruritic to reduce itching, a topical analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains, and as a decongestant.
There are many different types of mint, but they share one main characteristic: broad, green leaves that release a menthol scent when bruised.
Types of Mint:
- Peppermint (Mentha × piperita): The oldest and most popular flavour of mint family, which is generally used in iced teas, chewing gums, ice creams, skin care products etc.
- Spearmint (Mentha spicata): The aromatic flavour of spearmint, which is generally used in iced teas, toothpaste, shampoos, soaps etc.
- Pennyroyal or Squaw Mint (Mentha pulegium): It is the smallest of the mint family with stronger and far more pungent taste and odour than others, commonly used as insect repellent.
- Apple Mint or Wooly Mint (Mentha suaveolens): It is the vigorous aromatic flavoured mint, generally used in jellies, sauces, for flavoured teas etc.
- Corn Mint or Wild Mint (Mentha arvensis): It may be used dried or fresh for teas and culinary purposes, and also to get rid of rodents and insects.
- Water Mint (Mentha Aquatica): The strongly scented mint similar to peppermint, but it is strongly recommended for digestive problems.
- Horsemint (Mentha longifolia): It is generally grown in wet and damp areas and is commonly used as a substitute for peppermint. It consists of strong antiseptic properties.
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Is Mint oil safe for infants and children?No, Mint oil is not safe for infants and children and should definitely be avoided near the nose as it can lead to breathing problems.
Which are the most important common species of Mint family?Peppermint and Spearmint are the most common and generally used herbs from the entire mint family.
There are many herbs that act as herbal decongestants which reduce nasal secretions and work by opening up clogged nasal passages to ease breathing. These herbs provide relief from sinusitis, common cold and other common respiratory ailments. A blend of powerful herbal decongestants can prove very effective in removing these uncomfortable sympto
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