Think Mint leaves and a breeze of cold fresh air comes to mind. The aromatic herb is full of benefits. It is one of the most common culinary herbs in Indian household just like coriander, basil, oregano, thyme, curry leaves etc.
As a child, I remember having Pudin Hara – an ayurvedic liquid usually taken to cure queasy stomach and nausea. I often had this problem every day before going to school. I am sure most Indian kids suffered from the same problem.
It has antibacterial properties that relieve indigestion and upset stomach.
Remember Vicks Vaporub? Even today is it part of every Indian household and is used whenever one suffers from running nose or the common cold. Inhalers and Vicks contain mint as it clears congestion in the throat, nose and lungs.
Mint is an integral part of most of the balms. When rubbed on the forehead, it cures headache and nausea caused due to migraine.
If you suffer from bad breath, chew some mint leaves. It will freshen your breath instantly. It controls foul-smell for a few hours.
How to consume Mint leaves
Salad: Add a few leaves in a fresh salad with beans, zucchini, carrot, Cauliflower
Chutney: Add it with coriander leaves to make into a thick chutney and consume it with Chapatti, Rice, Besan Chila, Samosa, Pakoda, Paratha, or anything spicy.
Raita: Chop it and mix it with Yoghurt to make it into the raita.
Drinks: Make it a part of green smoothie to enhance its taste.
Add a few leaves in boiling water and have it after the meal. It helps digest your food easily.