Mint hydrolate - mode of action and application
Mint was used thousands of years ago in Asia, Europe and in the north of Africa as a medicinal plant and cultivated and used in numerous monasteries. Charlemagne already appreciated the medicinal effects of mint. He even had its cultivation prescribed in a preliminary order. Hildegard von Bingen also used mint. She used it to treat complaints of the respiratory organs and digestion. Externally, she used mint for scabies and ulcers.
The effects of peppermint
Peppermint leaves contain at least 1.2% essential oils. The most important of these are menthol, menthone and menthofuran. Furthermore, the leaves contain tannins and flavonoids. These active substances have an overall antibacterial, calming, germicidal, antispasmodic, analgesic and tonic effect.
The hydrolate of mint is one of the most important home remedies against gastrointestinal complaints and digestive problems. Due to proven antispasmodic and antiflatulent effects, as well as the stimulation of the digestive juices, the active substances from the hydrolate can be helpful in the case of inflammations in the gastrointestinal area. In addition, the essential oil in the hydrolate has been proven to have an effect on irritable stomach, inflammation of the oral mucosa, inflammation of the respiratory tract and itching and pain.
Use of Mint Hydrolate (extract):
- Help with loss of appetite, flatulence, stomach cramps, stomach ache
- Colds, sniffles
- Biliary complaints
- Mouth odour
- Poorly healing wounds