Pudina (mint leaves) aids in digestion, improves oral health, treats cold and more, say experts.
JLN Sastry, head of Healthcare Research, Dabur Research and Development, and Parameshwar Arora, senior Ayurveda consultant, Sir Gangaram Hospital, have shared a list of benefits you can get from pudina:
Mint leaves are loaded with anti-oxidants and phytonutrients, which provide relief to the stomach muscles and help in digestion.
It soothes the stomach instantly and works wonders when treating tummy troubles. For example, pudina chutney that is served with samosa is not just to enhance taste, but helps catalyze digestion too.
The herb is a naturally soothing substance, so it can alleviate inflammation and rise in body temperature, which is often associated with headaches and migraines.
Improved oral health is a well-known benefit of mint. Since it has germicidal qualities and quickly freshens breath, it adds to oral health by inhibiting harmful bacterial growth inside the mouth and cleaning the tongue and teeth. Pudina can become your go-to ingredient to treat cough and cold.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties work wonders for acne-prone skin. Also, when applied topically, mint has the effect of calming and cooling the skin affected by insect bites, a rash or other reactions.
Pudina is one of those herbs that not only has general benefits but also therapeutic values. If people have any kind of digestion problems, like gas formation, indigestion, vomiting and diarrhoea, pudina can be used effectively in different forms.
It also helps relieve bloating, abdomen pain, nausea or vomiting on an empty stomach, or after food. Pudina leaves can be consumed after being soaked in water for a few hours or can be used in the form of arq (made by distillation process) or by extracting juice from the leaves.