Mint plant uses: 3 most common myths
In spite of it use for millennia in both homes and by practitioners of health, there still persist myths on mint plant uses. While the consensus has been that mint plants are generally useful, many have dismissed its natural health benefits as placebo effect. In some cases, mint has been. This has arisen partly because mint plants belong to a family of species known by their characteristic aroma and flavor. Indeed some members of the mint plant family are said to cause serious harm.
1st Myth on mint plant uses: It makes you sweet[dropcap]I[/dropcap] remember visiting my cousin who had been struggling to get pregnant for a while. The previous night she sent me a picture of a rapid pregnancy test kit showing a positive result . I was so happy for her.
Later, I visited her to share in her joy. When our husbands got busy talking man speak, we found a reason to retreat in the kitchen for a girlie talk. I am a straight shooter. Straight talker. So I went straight to the point. I wanted to know what she did right this time. She started giggling before saying anything.
Knowing her, I knew that she was up to something. I didn’t know whether to join in her laughter or not. I kept my cool. Then came he revelation, “Do you know using mint makes you sweet?” “How?” I thought. Since I didn’t think that was important I kept quiet waiting for an answer. I wanted her to go straight to the answer.
“I have been taking mint water for some time now.” “Everybody does take mint water….so? ” I mumbled. She then explained that she had overheard a conversation at the salon that taking mint water makes women sweet. The ever curious, naughty Kate (my cousin) couldn’t hold herself knowing that. She swears that when she did, her husband could not have enough of her. “And that is how we got pregnant.” She said this amidst laughter.
Needless to add, my attempts at explain the mind as the body’s key sex organ proved futile. She didn’t buy into my explanation that the mint water had a placebo effect by boosting herself confidence and making her feel sexy. Her projection of a sexy confident woman is what had drawn in Mr. Man.
2nd Myth on mint plant uses: Too Much Will Kill You[dropcap]S[/dropcap]econd myth is that it has essential oil of pennyroyal. This oil was used by historically by natural healers to induce menstruation or as an abortifacient. It is for this reason that it is believed that all mint plants can be lethal if ingested in a large enough dose to accomplish those purposes. When you juxtapose this myth against my cousin’s experience, you indeed wonder which way now. It gets interesting when you consider the next myth on mint plant uses.
3rd Myth on mint plant uses: Causes female infertility[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hird myth is that the mint plant can cause female infertility. There are mixed opinions regarding the role of mint in leading to infertility. Some argue that prolonged use of the menthol component may cause infertility by reducing a woman’s ability to conceive by interfering with the production of ova and killing these gametes. This is due to the germicidal and insecticidal properties of the herb. Properties that we have found to be beneficial for so many other health concerns.
Another group or researchers suggest that it may actually be used to treat females infertility . Suffice to say, a great deal of further research must be done on the effects of mint in both male impotency and female sterility.
As we sign off, this myth got me to sit up. Get this. It is believed that the aromatic plant can tighten loose skin on the neck! Not sure how that works, but as with everything, we urge due diligence on your part. Talk to your doctor, nutritionist .