Mint or Pudina as we call it, is popular for the cooling sensation it imparts. The cold climate of the winter season increases pollutants in the air and suppresses immunity. Therefore, you develop a cold. You may also develop a sore throat which can be very unnerving for some. Even for asthmatics, the winter season is extremely dangerous. Asthmatics will have several problems as there is a drop in temperature.
We use pumps and medications widely to combat these symptoms. However, home remedies can work wonders as well. Best part is that they come with no side effects! Mint has a strong aroma. As a result, it opens up airways and relaxes breathing.
Here are 5 ways you can benefit from mint :
1. Relief from cold
Just add a drop of mint extract in warm water. Then, inhale the fumes through your mouth and exhale the steam through your nose. As a result, the mint extract relieves your nose and throat.
2. Relief from asthma
Asthma is nothing but a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, a whistling sound (wheezing) when you breathe out and shortness of breath. For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance and an extension of common cold.
Asthmatic patients can use the same remedy mentioned above and inhale the vapors as well. Because mint has anti-inflammatory properties, as a result, swelling in the throat is reduced.
3. Immunity Booster
Mint can help you boost immunity as well. One such great remedy is to consume mint tea. This helps a sick person recover faster and fights with additional germs.
To make this tea, first add a few crushed leaves of mint and holy basil or tulsi to boiling water. Next, add crushed ginger and peppercorn and bring it to a boil. As a result, the leaves will turn brown. Strain this herbal tea. After that, you can add a tbsp of honey and consume this tea.
Sipping on this herbal mint tea for about two-three times a day can help you get instant relief.
4. Relief from a Headache
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Mint is a very strong and adaptogenic herb. It has a strong and refreshing aroma. In short, if you apply a balm with a mint base or basic mint oil on your forehead, it will instantly help with headaches and even nausea at times.
5. Beats stress & depression
Mint is an essential part of aromatherapy. In addition to it’s strong and refreshing aroma, it’s adaptogenic properties regulate cortisol levels too. As a result, our body’s natural resilience to stress is boosted.
If you breathe the aroma of mint, it calms your mind. Therefore, your mind releases a small amount of serotonin. You can even consume mint tea or have a mint bath to get similar results. That’s what helps one beat general stress and depressive thoughts. However, if you have suicidal or self-harming thoughts, please seek professional help immediately.
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