How it is prepared
We often feel the need to fight against sore throats and colds, two ailments that have no "season", since unfortunately they can happen at any time of the year, even if winter is the period of illness par excellence.
To counter these disorders we can prepare an excellent mint-based decoction.
We just have to buy some mint leaves and let them boil in a liter of water, and then let the mixture rest for another ten minutes.
The mint-based decoction can also be used to make excellent gargles (in this case much more suitable for the treatment of sore throats), but it can also be poured into the bath water (to give a sense of well-being to the whole organism, especially in the fight against flu states).
The mint decoction it is widely used in Brazil, especially for the treatment of a large number of diseases.
Since ancient times, however, this preparation has been extremely popular for its important beneficial properties, especially as regards the treatment of all those ailments that affect the digestive system.
In fact, the mint-based decoction proves to be extremely effective in solving all those situations related to indigestion and flatulence: more specifically, it is the rich presence of tannins that allows it to perform a completely inhibitory action, which allows to block the growth of putrefactive bacteria.
Currently, scientists have shown, after numerous studies and scientific research, how the mint-based decoction is particularly effective also for the treatment of various pains and anxious and nervous states.
It has proven itself as the decoction made with the mint leaves it can boast the same healing properties that analgesic medicines that can easily be found on the market also have.
The mint decoction, on its side, has the undoubted advantage, however, of not causing any kind of side effect, on the contrary instead of what happens for analgesic medicines.
According to recent scientific research, in fact, it seems that a cup of decoction made with peppermint leaves can bring therapeutic effects similar to those of aspirin.
In short, mint is characterized by carrying out a very high number of beneficial actions for the human body, especially stimulating, thirst-quenching and digestive.
The mint plant can also be used as a natural remedy for the treatment of all those ailments that affect the gastrointestinal system, especially thanks to its antispasmodic effects.
We must also not forget how mint stands out for having remarkable antiseptic properties and, for this reason, it can be usefully used for the treatment of infectious diseases that do not require antibiotics.
The mint decoction it can also be used to perform a deworming function and activity; finally, we cannot fail to mention that the decoction based on mint leaves can also be used to carry out decongestant washes to purify the face and to give a valid help to combat oily skin.
To make a good mint leaf decoction, the first thing to do is to get the dried leaves of this plant or the peppermint variety.
Subsequently, we will have to pour the dried mint leaves into a predetermined amount of water and then let the mixture boil for at least a quarter of an hour, always being careful to keep the heat as low as possible.
After turning off the gas, we filter the mixture and our decoction is ready to be drunk, without adding any particular sweeteners or juices.
There is also another way to prepare a good mint-based decoction.
In fact, we will have to put four tablespoons of dried mint herb inside a liter of water: let's boil the mixture, always covering the saucepan with a lid.
We lower the heat and leave the heart until the water initially present in the saucepan decrease by a quarter.
Finally, we wait for the mixture to macerate for at least three minutes and then we proceed to filter: here we will have an excellent mint-based decoction.
We can also prepare an excellent remedy to combat annoying mosquitoes, which are dangerous especially during the summer season.
In addition to the biological and biochemical fight, there are several natural remedies whose effectiveness has been scientifically verified: among these, we also find the mint-based decoction.
In particular, it is the decoction based on mint and basil that manages to perform an extremely important action to keep mosquitoes away: the procedure is the same as that of any other decoction, only that after filtering the mixture, we will have to apply it on the body, to be used as a useful repellent against mosquito bites.
Mint decoction: Warnings
It is better to avoid going beyond the recommended dosage of mint decoction and, in case of allergic reactions, stop taking it immediately and consult your doctor.
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Mentha rotundifolia (L.) Huds. - Round-leaved Mint
The name Mentha, according to Greek mythology, derives from that of a nymph: Minte, loved by Hades, whom Proserpina, out of jealousy, turned into a plant. Mint was known in ancient times for its medicinal qualities, the Chinese, in ancient times, boasted its calming properties and its antispasmodic virtues. Hippocrates considered mint an aphrodisiac, while Pliny boasted its analgesic action. Nowadays, mint is used, together with verbena and lime, to prepare a very digestive herbal tea. All species of Mentha have practically the same medicinal properties, mainly due to an alcohol extracted from the essence of mint, menthol, which appears to have been discovered in the Netherlands at the end of the 18th century. Menthol has proved to be an excellent stimulant for the stomach, an antiseptic and an analgesic, not without dangers for the nervous system, because, if used in large doses, it can cause death by acting on the spinal bulb.
It is good to know that any counter-poison must be administered with mint juice for its virtue of attracting the poison. If this juice is not available, replace it with wine (or water) from the mint decoction ».
[cit. Le livre des simples médecines, ms. 12322 Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris]
Giulia from Sesto San Giovanni (MI) asks:
Hello very kind Giulia.
The bronzing and silvering that you notice on the leaves of your aromatic plants, as you have already anticipated, are attributable to midges that scientifically belong or to the family of thrips or to the family of whiteflies. Both are insects that feed on sap thanks to their stinging - sucking mouthparts. But in doing this they also tend to scrape the leaf at the level of the epidermis. This damage causes air to penetrate inside the leaf mesophyll where the chlorophyll is contained, which oxidizing in the presence of oxygen changes from green to a silvery color.
For this type of midges, pyrethrum is absolutely not good. To contain the attack of these flies, you can use Dimethoate, or Axinfos Methyl from the point of the chemical fight.
As far as i natural treatments, the use of the Macerate of bitter quassia wood which, thanks to its unpleasant taste, acts as a deterrent to these parasites. Like all macerates, quassia wood also needs a maceration time of at least 4/5 days during which the active ingredient is extracted. Then spray on the plant, being careful to repeat the treatment every 2/3 days until the parasites disappear, because these are natural preparations which, compared to chemical products, have a very short shortage time and therefore the spraying of the product must be more frequent due to the low shortage of the product.
Thanking you for your question, I greet you cordially.
Dr. Fabio Di Gioia
Specialized in the recovery and enhancement of ancient plant varieties.
How to use mint: the recipes
INFUSION AND DECOCT: put 4 or 5 pinches of dried or fresh leaves and flowers in 1 liter of water (1 cup of pure mint in the morning, 1 cup of mint and lime in the evening).
DECOCT for gargling (against bad breath, gum and tooth pain), for lotions, compresses, etc .: measure 10 pinches of leaves per liter of water.
MINT CANDIES: even if the sugar used for the preparation of candies is not a particularly healthy food (neither for the teeth, nor for the stomach, nor for the circulatory system, not to mention diabetics), a mint candy, sucked in time , it can protect you against small everyday ailments (headaches, etc.).
For light infusion the mint calms and numbs the pain.
In large doses (10 pinches per liter), use it instead as a nervous tonic and stimulant of the digestive system. It calms stomach pains, vomiting or bloating.
To keep you physically fit: 6 pinches of mint and 2 pinches of rosemary per liter of water.
To stimulate eros prepare the following infusion: 2 pinches of mint and 1 pinch of savory for 1 cup of boiling water.
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