Chew them, grind them or drink them, mint has only benefits to offer. Summer is the best season to consume mint and there are several ways in which we can use pudina, apart from just making chutneys. Mint is widely used in foods like ice-cream, chocolates, beverages, cosmetics, medicines, inhalers and mouth fresheners. Its uses are aplenty and so are its benefits.

During the summer, people opt for mint-based products as these provide a refreshing burst of flavour and also act as good relaxants.

Here are five benefits of consuming mint leaves aka pudina.

Mint Aids in Digestion:

Mint soothes the stomach instantly and works wonders when it comes to treating tummy troubles. It is rich in antioxidants, phytonurients and menthol, which helps the enzymes to digest food. Pudina is also known to calm stomach cramps and helps beat acidity and flatulence. It is also very beneficial for patients suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). In fact, mint extracts have been used to coat tablets meant to relieve symptoms of IBS. It helps muscles in the stomach relax and promotes overall digestion. Drink a cup of pudina tea after every meal by either boiling the leaves along with a few green tea leaves or on their own for maximum benefits.

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Mint Helps With Common Cold:

This is the most common problem people face in this season when the weather is constantly changing. In this case pudina can become your go-to ingredient to treat a cold. You can have a cup of menthol-rich mint tea, which will help relieve a sore throat and act as a decongestant.

Mint Soothes Insect Bites:

According to Medical News Today, “When applied topically in oil, ointment or lotion, mint has the effect of calming and cooling the skin affected by insect bites, a rash or other reactions.” Mint is also used in a number of beauty products like cleansers, toners and balms as it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which is good for acne prone skin.

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Mint Helps With Detox:

To make a detox concoction, add a few slices of cucumber, lemon, and a few mint leaves to a bottle/glass of water. Mint not only helps in digestion and weight loss, but also flushes out all the toxins from the body.

Mint Relieves Menstrual Cramps:

Since mint leaves have been known to purify blood, the anti-spasmodic properties in it soothes the muscles and relieves pain. Sipping a hot cup of mint tea during menstruation will give some relief from cramps.

Source: India Today