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Mint: it's not just for toothpaste

Mint is an ancient herb and something we encounter everyday whether it’s in our toothpaste, breath mints, chewing gum, cough drops, etc. It is one of the most popular flavors in the world and is very easy to grow. We love it because of it’s nutritional and medicinal value. Mint is low in calories and fat making it a welcome flavor addition to any healthy dish.

Menthol is an organic compound extracted from the mint plant and used in a variety of home health products. Medicinal uses for mint include improving oral health, clearing congestion and improving respiratory health, stimulating digestion and promoting weight loss, treating nausea and headache, relieving asthma, clearing up your skin, relieving morning sickness, lowering blood pressure, and it also acts as a natural stimulant to help boost energy levels. It has even been known to help relieve depression and treat memory loss. In Ayurveda, it is used as a cooling herb in many holistic treatments.

Mint gets its name from Menthe, a Greek mythical nymph who was transformed into the fragrant plant. It has been found in Egyptian tombs as far back as 1000 BC and has been part of Chinese medicine since even earlier. Since ancient times, mint has been used as a symbol of hospitality. In ancient Greece, it was rubbed on tables to welcome visitors. The herb was used to clear the air in temples and homes. In the Middle East, mint tea was and still is offered to guests upon their arrival.