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The Scoop: Mint

Mint, one of our favorite herbs. We often talk about the health benefits of fruits and veggies but did you know that herbs also have a ton of nutrients and have great health benefits? Well, they do, and mint is one of the best herbs to eat. It’s even used in toothpaste, gum, and beauty products and tea. And we’re sharing some of the benefits with you.

Mint is great for cooking. If you add herbs (like mint) to your dishes, it really boosts the flavor and leaves less room for adding salt. Adding mint leaves to tea is also good because it helps soothe your stomach.

Fighting the common cold is never easy. Getting rid of a pesky cold can be easier with mint. Mint has menthol which is a natural decongestant. It can help break up mucus which will help your body rid of it quicker which helps that cold go away faster. Also, the menthol is great for relieving sore throats.

Upset stomachs are no fun. Neither is indigestion. Guess what? Mint is great for relieving these issues. Mint helps speed up your digestion and eases discomfort from gas and bloating. Peppermint oil is used to alleviate the pain caused by IBS.

Mint oil is used for several different remedies. It can be used as a topical ointment on your skin. It helps cool and calm your skin when you have a rash, insect bite or any other reaction.

If you suffer from heads or experience nausea, the aroma of mint is a quick remedy. Some people even carry menthol oil with them and dab it on their forehead or nose when they start to feel a headache coming on.

Last but not least, mint is a natural breath freshener! Perfect for those date nights, work meetings or any time you’re going to be up close and personal.

Looking for more ways to incorporate mint into your day? Stop by your local Nekter Juice Bar and pick up one of our Watermelon Cooler juices, it’s a refreshing blend of watermelon and mint. It’s the perfect summer juice.

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