Horsemint is a plant in the large family of mints, and similarly to the whole fanmily, it is both delicious and has a ton of medicinal benefits!
Improves Digestive Health
Many people reach for mints at the first sign of tummy troubles, and for good reason. Mint is well-known for its stomach-soothing properties thanks to the presence of a compound in peppermint oil called menthol, which helps relax the muscles in the digestive tract to provide relief.
Studies show that mint may be especially beneficial for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or symptoms like abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, bloating and cramps.
Relieves Cold Symptoms
Flip over just about any over-the-counter cold or flu medicine and you’ll likely spot “menthol” on the list of ingredients. All mint plants are helpful for the symptoms of flu, coughs and cold, as well as congested air flow, asthma, mucus and sinusitis, as well as headaches.
Helps Oral Hygiene
Popping a few mints or a stick of mint-flavored gum is a well-known natural remedy to freshen up bad breath, but did you know that it could also help promote oral hygiene as well?
One of the main benefits of peppermint tea is its powerful antimicrobial properties, which can help kill off bacteria to optimize oral hygiene. Brew up a cup or two of peppermint tea using mint leaves, and pair it with proper oral hygiene practices to keep your mouth healthy and fresh.
Boosts Brain Function
Interestingly enough, some research shows that even the mere smell of mint could be enough to bump up brain power and improve cognitive function. One study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, for example, showed that the aroma of mint was able to enhance memory and increase alertness. Similarly, another study published in the North American Journal of Psychology also showed that mint scent was effective at reducing fatigue and anxiety while improving alertness, thanks to its ability to stimulate the central nervous system.
Reduces PCOS Symptoms
Some studies have found that mint tea benefits polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition in women that is characterized by excess levels of male hormones. This is because it has anti-androgen effects, helping to reduce testosterone levels to keep hormone levels in balance.
Also known as dyspepsia, indigestion is defined as impaired digestion, resulting in recurrent symptoms like heartburn, nausea, belching and abdominal pain. Studies have found that mint speeds up the emptying of the stomach, which could protect against indigestion to prevent symptoms.