At NutraLinks, many of our all natural products include mint and its main active ingredient, menthol, for good reason. Its medicinal usage is legendary, proven, and rooted in history.
History. The name “minthe” comes from the Greeks, and is a symbol of hospitality and wisdom, “the very smell of it reanimates the spirit”, according to Pliny. Greeks and Romans both rubbed their dinner tables with mint before their guests arrive, and ancient Hebrews scattered mint on synagogue floors so that each footstep would raise its fragrance.
It was brought to Great Britain by the Romans, then the pilgrims brought it to the U.S. aboard the Mayflower.
Medicinal usage throughout the ages.
Mint as a Cooling Agent.
Mint has long been used to treat skin burns because it produces a cooling effect with its active ingredients of pulegone and menthol. These compounds are responsible for both the aroma and cooling effect that mint produces.
Both our Fever Cooling Patch and Aroma Pain Relieving Patch utilize the power of these compounds.
Reduce Depression & Fatigue
As a natural stimulant, and the smell alone can recharge your energy and get your brain functioning at a higher level. A 2014 study states that including mint in your diet is a great option if you are feeling anxious, depressed or simply exhausted. This is why the Autism Hope Alliance recognizes NutraLinks’ Pepex as a soothing therapy for children with autism.
In the Diet
Mint has been a part of the human diet since the Roman Empire, and is a rich source of vitamins A, C and B2 and contains valuable minerals such as calcium, copper and magnesium.
The leaves, particularly freshly crushed ones, help you deal with nausea – in fact, many people keep menthol oil or mint-flavored products on hand to avoid nausea. Mint tea, either fresh or dried leaves, is an effective way to capture the benefits.
The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics states that mint can help with headaches when rubbed on the forehead and nose, and can alleviate the inflammation and temperature rise that is often associated with migraines.
Mint is widely used in the production of cookies, candy, chewing gums, and as a tooth whitener, as well as being a primary ingredient in the mojito cocktail and other mint-flavored liqueurs.
Helps Relieve Respiratory Difficulties
A natural decongestant, the oils in mint help break up the gunk in your airways. Effective either as a tea or inhaled (as with the Pepex stick).
Grow Your Own!
Easily grown, mint is considered an invasive species and provides good ground cover or use as garden borders to provide a convenient source of fresh therapy!