Its scientific name is ‘Mentha Spicata’but everyone knows her as peppermint or peppermint. And this popular denomination coined for hundreds of years is not by chance, if not because it is a medicinal plant with important health benefits.
In the culinary world, cooks and cooks use peppermint as an aromatic plant, to flavor different preparations. The truth is that it gives a touch of freshness to the dishes.
Due to this particularity, in Spain it is common for the majority of people who have a house with a patio to plant a little ‘Mentha Spicata’. In addition to giving color and aroma, you can always cut a sprig of mint to incorporate into any gastronomic preparation.
Health benefits of peppermint
However, the main use par excellence of peppermint has been medicinal. Proof of this is that it appears in the ‘Capitulare de villis vel curtis imperii’, an order issued by Charlemagne himself; which claimed to cultivate in its fields different medicinal herbs, among which was the ‘Mentha Spicata’.
Thus, peppermint still persists today and its properties help combat poor digestion, nausea, flatulence or vomiting. In addition, it also contains expectorant and calming effects. In general, it is widely beneficial in treating digestive problems.
In this sense, peppermint is a plant that has antispasmodic properties, preventing gas formation and pain. Peppermint tea has traditionally been used to combat intestinal problems.
In addition, we must highlight the properties of peppermint, rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorus or potassium. It is also important to highlight its antioxidant and stimulating properties on the immune system.
With all this, these are some of the most important benefits of peppermint consumption:
- Reduces fever, especially when mixed with ginger.
- It helps better digestion and reduces heartburn. This occurs because it boosts the production of bile and activates the function of the digestive system.
- Relieves intestinal gas.
- Reduces the ability of bacteria to grow in the digestive tract, as it acts as antiseptics.
- Fight the headache.
- Reduces the symptoms of anxiety and stress.
On the other hand, peppermint has also been traditionally used in the treatment of flu or colds. Thanks to its high content of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Do not forget that vitamin C is a micronutrient capable of reducing the symptoms of the common cold.
How to use peppermint
Consuming peppermint on a regular basis can be highly beneficial for the body, due to the important properties of the plant ‘Mentha Spicata’. In addition, due to its flavor and aroma, it is used with spice in many gastronomic preparations. Its presence in soups stands out.
In addition, it is an aroma used for different candies, ice cream, chewing gum or different preparations from the world of pastry.
However, peppermint is a food It is consumed par excellence as a drink through an infusion. It is the traditional form of medicinal use by which most of the properties of this plant are incorporated into the body and it also constitutes a great-tasting tea.