Pudina leaves are also known as mint leaves. Mint originates from a Greek word mentha and contains menthol. It is known for emitting a distinct aroma. Mint has got numerous benefits as it has both cosmetic and medicinal properties. Mint is an essential ingredient in many of the Indian cuisine and is one of the oldest herbs used for garnishing and flavouring as it adds a pleasant aroma to the food. Both fresh and dry mint is used in a large number of recipes and mostly it is used in making tangy chutneys.
Mint is renowned for curing upset stomachs and helps in soothing the digestive tract. Drinking herbal mint tea reduces irritated bowel syndromes, cleanses the stomach and also clears up skin disorders such as acne. In China it is mainly used to combat spasms. Women suffering from morning sickness are often advised to add lime juice, ginger juice and honey to the mint decoction and have it twice a day for getting relief. One of the most remarkable and commonly unknown benefits of mint is that it helps in alleviating the pain of migraine. Taking the decoction of mint leaves along with a pinch of black salt helps in removing any form of infestation in the stomach. Often hiccups become a menace, in such a situation chewing mint leaves can deliver a person from the suffering.
Mint leaves are also very helpful in stimulating menstruation in those women suffering from dysmenorrheal (Papaya and aloe gel are also effective in such cases). Mint has also been said to slow the effects of bacteria or fungus. Mint has also been said to help with asthma and other allergies and it is a very good cleanser for the blood.
Mint acts as an excellent mouth freshner. Boil the mint leaves in water and allow it to cool for a while then gargle from this water to get rid from bad breath. Mint leaves are often applied to the insect bite as it has good healing properties and sucks away the pain immediately. The juice of mint leaves is very much beneficial for those suffering from hyperacidity.
Besides the medicinal properties, it is used in various cosmetic properties and is widely used in cosmetic products as well. The juice of mint leaves can be applied externally on the ulcerated skin for quick relief. The application of mint oil helps the skin to be free from blemishes and helps to cool the external skin. Mint oil is widely used in making body lotions, bathing oils, soaps and skin tonics.