Once upon a time in the forests of the eponymous mountain of Zacharo in the Peloponnese one nymph lived the Minthi. But for the bad luck he fell in love Pluto, god of the Underworld.
This, naturally, provoked jealousy official wife Persephone which to get rid of the Minthi, transformed her into a plant. Pluto unable to correct the evil, at least made sure that the plant spreads everywhere a sweet smell. Thus, in Greek mythology, was born mint.
The mint family includes dozens of species, among them the mint or mint – as they called our ancestors because the sweet smell – which has the most intense green color.
But The mint except characteristic smell, also has a rich medical reputation, as many domestic uses that come from the depths of centuries.
Spreads its fragrance everywhere
Particularly dear to all Mediterranean countries, the mint used for centuries in cooking, medicine, pharmacopoeia and myropoiia. In ancient times did water baths to scented, while the Athenians said to him wore a perfume rubbing it in their body. In the middle of last century scatter profusely aroma of leisure, recreation, entertainment and relaxation, at parties and receptions.
Component ancient toothpaste
Today, chewing gum, confectionery syrups and toothpastes have created a cult relationship with him. But everything happened so: Recipe toothpaste found in ancient Egyptian papyrus (in Greek), included mint, salt, pepper and powdered iris (iris).
Why are the ancient Greeks rubbed on the table?
What better … tablecloth from the mint juice? No, according to the ancient Greeks. It is said that when estronan table, the first flavored rubbing on the surface of leaves of spearmint and then sat to eat. Obviously they did for the appetite (mint to open stimulates the digestive system), to calm the spirit and create euphoria (from sweet flavor). And perhaps to keep out uninvited guests such as ants, centipedes, mosquitoes, and rats.
First and best in nostrums
In addition to fiber, peppermint contains folic acid, riboflavin, vitamins A, B6, E, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, manganese and copper. Because then the components used in many remedies as a gargle for treating oral sores, gingivitis, pharyngitis and tonsillitis, as an antidote to bad breath, digestive and sedative gastrointestinal distress, as a sedative, to enhance memory, treat of cracked hands and dandruff, but also as an aphrodisiac (in specific doses) and emmenagogue (unsuitable for pregnant women). Considered to provide relief to insomnia, headache, toothache (from abscesses), the rheumatics and the joints pain by rubbing fresh leaves in pained areas.
Medical research has shown that the mint has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunomodulatory action thanks to rosmarinic acid containing a polyphenol that is found in several herbs herbs (basil, thyme, rosemary, etc.). So I proposed, among other things, as a drink to relieve osteoarthritis, because it inhibits the chronic and acute inflammation. Also has excellent antifungal properties (eg kills the fungus Candida albicans and fungi that occur in the decomposition of food). This is proposed to address digestive problems. Moreover lowers triglycerides but also the male hormones in men and women who often drink a decoction (testosterone exists in the female body).
When you say ‘no’ to drink
Scientists are not consumed by couples trying to have children, because it may cause a reduction in the density of sperm, tissue damage of the testes, but also disrupt the hormonal balance and gender. Generally need to measure drinking tea from mint, because a large quantity is toxic to the kidneys and liver. It should also not be combined with drugs that suppress the central nervous system and may enhance the drowsiness caused some tranquilizers and antidepressant agents.
Mind the essential oil
The essential oil of peppermint has strong antimicrobial activity. Fights against many bacteria, such as E. Coli, which affects the intestines, Helicobacter pylori, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that cause tooth decay. Therefore it is used as an antiseptic but also as a food preserving agent. Spraying peel potato with peppermint oil extend its storage up to a year without growing, while sprays with mint generally apply where necessary to eliminate pests and vermin. Maybe that’s what some housewives store beans with mint leaves to preserve better. Still, the oil of the popular herb acts as a shield against harmful radiation and chemotherapy.
However, as with any herbal essential oil, its use requires care because at high doses is toxic. Pregnant and lactating children better to avoid altogether and wiser to precede allergy testing prior to use.
For unprovoked episketes
If you have evidence that the town house or country have emerged mice, then scattered leaves (preferably fresh) mint in their path. As rodents dislike the smell, they will gather their belongings together to look elsewhere nest.
If a surround mosquitoes, do it like the ancients: Rub onto your body (hands, feet) fresh mint. This will repel pesky insects, also dislike the smell.
Aroma spearmint in gardens and balconies
Mint has toothed leaves that resemble spears (hence the English name of the spear mint = mint-lance) in a bright green color. The encounter in yards and gardens almost throughout the year. But the plant can not stand the cold, so the winter is in danger of drying out. However, it is easy in cultivation and spreading comfort seeking some sun and frequent watering. Under these circumstances you may well be live happily inside a pot of the balcony.
Acne is the spring and summer.
Can you keep him fresh in the pot (do not forget, when you pass in front of him, to caress him, to spreads its fragrance everywhere) or dried in a glass jar.