The scientific name of peppermint is ‘Mentha Spicata’ and it is also used in cooking.
Peppermint or green mint is used to improve memory, digestion, stomach problems, and other conditions, as this plant has several health benefits, according to Medline Plus, the National Library of Medicine of States.
For this reason, consuming peppermint water is beneficial for health. The book Medicinal Plants points out that this mixture is good for eliminating nausea, vomiting, and gastrointestinal disorders. In addition, it is ideal for reducing stomach pain and menstrual cramps.
Also, an article published by the Autonomous University of Guerrero revealed that peppermint is analgesic and anti-inflammatory.
Similarly, an article published by the Specialized Unit of Continuous Training (UNEFCO), explained that this plant is used to eliminate intestinal gases that are usually caused by overeating. In addition, research from the Department of Internal Medicine, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan, said peppermint improves intestinal transit, which is ideal for people suffering from constipation.
Another benefit of consuming peppermint water is that it improves nerves, due to its analgesic components.
On the same line, peppermint water is ideal for people suffering from insomnia, because this plant has relaxing components that will allow you to have a better rest.
In addition, according to the health portal Tododisca, peppermint is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium.
In addition, the healthy lifestyle portal Salud180 recommended peppermint to reduce diarrhea, since this plant relaxes the muscles of the intestine. In addition, it is good for cleaning the body, because it eliminates intestinal parasites.
On the other hand, peppermint is used to improve colds, because it has a high content of vitamin C and this improves the absorption of iron present in foods of plant origin and contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system to protect the body against diseases, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH for its acronym in English).
A study by the Department of Biology, Shahid University, Opposite Imam Khomeini’s Shrine, Tehran-Qom Highway, Tehran, Iran, revealed that peppermint removes germs that cause bad breath.
In addition, peppermint is also used in cooking, as it is an aromatic plant and provides different flavors to dishes.
However, according to Medline Plus, the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the appropriate dose of green mint depends on many factors such as the person’s age, health status, and other conditions.
“At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate dosage range for the use of green mint. Remember that natural products are not always necessarily natural, and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow the appropriate instructions on product signs, and consult with your pharmacist, doctor, or health care provider before using it,” Medline Plus explains on its website.
In addition, it revealed that peppermint side effects are not very common and that certain people might have allergic reactions to green mint.
This plant is also known as Curled Mint, Fish Mint, Garden Mint, Green Mint, Peppermint, Huile Essentielle de Menthe Verte, Lamb Mint, Mackerel Mint, Mint Verde, Mentha cordifolia, Mentha crispa, Mentha spicata, Mentha viridis, Menthe Verte, Menthe Crépue, Menthe Douce, Menthe à Épis, Menthe Frisée, Menthe des Jardins, Menthe Romaine, Native Spearmint, Oil of Spearmint, Our Lady’s Mint, Pahari Pudina, Putiha, Sage of Bethlehem, Spearmint Essential Oil, Spire Mint, Yerba Buena, Yerbabuena.