Mint is also known as Mentha and belongs to the Lamiaceae family. It is largely found across North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. The herb has a sub-cosmopolitan distribution.
Mint is an aromatic perennial herb and has underground and over-ground stolon and erect, square, branched stems. The leaves are dark green in colour and lanceolate in shape and stem bears white or purple flowers.
It grows mostly in moist and shady places and can grow well anywhere in places like, stream sides and ditches. It grows quickly through underground roots and rhizomes. Leaves can be collected during the flowering season to harvest essential oils.
Ayurveda is using pudina or mint for long time for various ailments and disorders, like flatulence, cough and digestive problems. Its oil can be used to relieve various pains. It is also used traditionally by the Native Americans for various medicinal purposes. Mint and its certain extracted chemicals have wide application in medicine, food and cosmetics.
Various useful chemicals can be extracted from the mint, which include isomenthone, menthone, menthol, carvone, pulegone, limonene, piperitone, alpha-pinene, and beta-caryophyllene, methyl acetate, flavanoids and tannins.
Benefits of Mint
It is widely used as refreshing, soothing and flavouring agent in ice-creams, chocolates, desserts, candies, chewing gums, cosmetics, inhalers, breath fresheners, dental care, room freshener, aromatherapy, summer cocktails, mocktails, beverages and other culinary items.
The therapeutic properties of mint help in providing Daily Diagemax Tea and Daily Calm Tea their healing properties.