Used very often in the kitchen, few know that the mint infusion is healthy for many reasons and is not difficult to prepare.
We boil 80 cl. of water and in the meantime we prepare the grandmother's old teapot, inserting in it some twenty fresh mint leaves, with four sage leaves and if you can, even half a teaspoon of tarragon (available in any supermarket, on the spice shelf) . When the water boils, pour it into the teapot with the leaves, stirring and brewing at least three minutes. We filter and pour the infusion into a cup, if we want, we add a little honey or lemon.
The mint infusion has multiple qualities: it is relaxing and calming, suitable in the evening, to get a little relaxation after a stressful and tiring day.
The mint infusion is not only relaxing, but also refreshing, if you are a little indisposed it will certainly do our body good.
A "summer" variant involves letting the mint infusion cool down to room temperature and then storing it for 2-3 days in the refrigerator to drink when the days are sultry.
DEFECTS OF THE MINT INFUSION
Since perfection does not exist, a misuse of the mint infusion, such as for example its daily intake, may have side effects, such as favoring dysentery discharges, as is sometimes done by incessantly chewing mint chewing gum. Also some assert that prolonged and constant use of mint infusion may even become poisonous in the long run.
A PINK OF HISTORY
The Chinese were the first to notice that mint had beneficial properties and "invented" the mint infusion. They discovered its antispasmodic and even aphrodisiac properties, while Pliny praised its analgesic action. The Arabs also knew it and used it both in food and as a medicine, again for its aphrodisiac powers.
TYPES OF MENTHA
there are many varieties: there is the "carminative" one (stimulant) which is the most used, even as an "expectorant" for pharyngitis, bronchitis or asthma. Ancient women used it to "degrease" the skin, rubbing the leaves on the face. Peppermint is not very suitable for flavoring salads or in the kitchen, but more suited to perfume drinks and desserts.
A LITTLE CURIOSITY
The "Mentha Piperita" grows spontaneously in dry places, its scent is strong and pungent, thanks to the so-called ethereal oil: "Mentolo", which is hidden in its leaves and in the flower petals. The most suitable time to collect mint is the one immediately before flowering. It can be dried to be used in any season (such as chamomile). Once dried, however, unlike chamomile, which can be left in the air, the mint must be stored in a dry and tightly closed jar.
The mint infusion can calm even the most nervous. The infusion with not fresh but dry mint leaves is made by soaking a generous pinch of leaves in two cups of boiling water. It has tonic and digestive properties and can be drunk either before meals (to remove a bit of appetite, if you are on a diet!) Or later, to digest a particularly abundant meal. If the quantity of leaves is added, the infusion also has another property: deflated, ie it eliminates intestinal gases, also purifies the liver, favors the bile ducts, has an even vermifuge action, antiseptic, that is disinfectant of the viscera, remember that once the mint infusion was also used for gargling and to treat tonsillitis or even angina. According to some Turkish researchers, the peppermint infusion can help eliminate hair in women, in fact the mint infusion has a mild power to reduce the male hormones also present in the female body. The research was carried out at Suleyman Demiel University in Isparta and was published in the journal "Phytotherapy Research". Especially the mint infusion therefore is indicated if a woman has hormonal imbalances, which show an excess of hair or accumulations of fat in the upper part of the body, rather than in the lower one. As is known, female hormonal imbalances occur if there is a malfunction of the ovaries, which produce female hormones throughout the fertile life of the woman, which dominate the male ones. The research curiously took place on twenty-one volunteers, giving two glasses of mint tea (250 ml boiling water and 5 grams of dried mint leaves) per day for five days. The researchers verified the lowering of testosterone in the blood of the volunteers before, during and after administration and an increase in female hormones. Certainly the mint infusion cannot cure hormonal imbalances, for which drugs are needed, but it can be a bland alternative for those who have mild symptoms and still want to slightly increase their female hormones, without taking medicines and being satisfied with a delicate and minimal result, almost imperceptible. One last curiosity: the old navigators in the grass, used mint infusion to mitigate seasickness, even giving it to passengers in difficulty.