Mints, in general, are a set of plants similar to each other, characterized in particular by having been used extensively as a medicinal species. There is a garden without some variety of mint. Once planted, it alone is preserved, propagated and better looking for a place where he pleases. Any breed of mint leaves usually out of the corner shorter than those of peppermint, it also differs in that its smell is not so pervasive.
One grows in gardens and sometimes untamed, uncultivated lands and generally more or less humid areas.
Like all mints, flowers in summer. Harvesting for medicinal purposes are interested in the leaves and stems. The leaves should be harvested in warm weather and sunny, are dried in a stream of air (which may be artificial) at a maximum temperature of 25 grados CelsiusC. Not be collected plants damaged by rust.
The main component of the mind is the essence, which can vary depending on the race of the question, the plant age and the circumstances in which it was raised. The fresh leaves are paying a high percentage of substance, more than any other part of the plant. This essence is composed mainly of menthol, but also contains menthone, cineol, Piperitone and other terpenes. The essence producing countries are: England, Germany, Russia, Hungary and Italy in Europe and the United States of America it is the most appreciated, however, is that of England.
Mint is tonic, stimulant, stomachic, aromatic and carminative. All properties are directly attributed to menthol. This substance is able to act directly on the nerves that transmit pain sensation, thus lessening such sensation. It also acts on the gallbladder because it activates the production of bile. All these actions are shared by mints in general, although obviously some more than others, depending on its contents provided in essence.
When you need mint for home use and not as available (Mentha piperita), it can draw on to prepare some peppermint tea, cooking or otherwise. In addition, peppermint is often used to flavor a host of dishes from traditional Spanish cuisine. Arabs to prepare a well-known tea and peppermint tea base, which add large amounts of sugar.
PART USED: Stem and leaf
CASTILIAN: Sándalo de jardín, asanda
CATALAN: Herba bona
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