Mint has been used since prehistoric times; from the ancient Egyptians, through Hippocrates, Dioscorides, Pliny, Islamic medicine and Serbian herbalists, all the way to modern industry. Whether used as a herbal tea or in chewing gums it has become indispensable. The classification of genus Mentha contains many species, but the ones most important to us are the wild mint, Mentha spicata, better known as spearmint used in toothpastes and chewing gums, and Mentha piperita, also known as peppermint. It was as early as the 14th century that mint ended up in a toothpaste, and in the 17th century the famous English herbalist, Nicholas Culpepper used its healing properties to treat over 40 ailments. It is no accident that in Serbia, the word “nana” is used for both the plant and as a nickname for grandma. Grandma is always there when we are in pain, to comfort us with her warmth and gentleness.
It is a scientifically proven fact that this herb has a very beneficial effect on the gastrointestinal tract. Menthol relaxes intestinal muscles, thus relieving the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, which has been confirmed in nine clinical studies with over 700 participants. It is also an excellent remedy for indigestion, abdominal pains and cramps, bloating, gases, belching, nausea and diarrhea. The German Commission E, which regulates the use of medicinal herbs in this country, has approved mint leaf for the treatment of cramps in the gastrointestinal tract, bile and for the alleviation of gases in the intestines. A study with 144 participants proved that peppermint oil improves memory and alertness. It also reduces fatigue, anxiety and frustration.
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