Make a Herbal Cold Remedy Using Mint

Edited by Emmanuel M. Lardizabal, Robbi, Jmgf, Lynn and 3 others

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Colds are a common viral infection of the upper respiratory tract affecting the mucous membranes of the throat and nose. The mucous membranes are now inflamed causing a sore throat, sneezing, headache, runny nose and stuffiness. Not only is breathing through your nose difficult, but we can't even smell or taste foods properly.

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There are hundreds of recommended treatments for colds. Over the past few thousand years, every branch of healing from medieval folk remedies, to contemporary medicines has their own idea of what works; herbal treatments, vitamin therapy, saunas, tinctures, steam and conventional medicines are but a few. Everyone has their own treatments for cold, often being passed down the generations of their particular culture. In this article, we will discuss the method of using mint to treat colds.

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Herbal plants such as the peppermint (L. mentha piperita), have been commonly used as a cold and flu remedy, the essential oil (known as menthol) found in mint plants contains a property that kills bacteria and viruses, and thus, helps to fortify the immune system and warding off infections.

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Peppermint has been commonly used as a cold and flu remedy. The menthol (mint's essential oil) found in mint plants contains a decongestant property and a calming and numbing effect, which helps dull the pain of the aching body, making it a great remedy against colds and flu.

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Menthol is an active ingredient found in most decongestants and ointments used on the chest to relieve chest pains, and the congestion experienced during colds and the flu.

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Other therapeutic properties found in mint include the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory (clears congestion).
  • Analgesic (pain reliever).
  • Relaxes the nerves.
  • Anti-microbial (kills viral infections).
  • Antiseptic.
  • Antispasmodic (reduces muscle cramping and spasms).
  • Diaphoretic (increases sweating).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Digestion (decreases gas and indigestion).
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Steps to Make a Herbal Mint Tea

What You'll Need

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    Fresh organic mint (leaves).
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    Pot/kettle of boiling water.
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    Teapot (one with an infuser is best).
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    Strainer (if you don't have a teapot with an infuser).
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    Cup.
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Procedure

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    Get the mint leaves.
    Wash the mint leaves with cool water to remove the dirt. Especially clean the back of the leaves that are not naturally washed by the rain. Washing is important, because you'll be drinking the water you steep the leaves in. will drink the water where you will soak the leaves.
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    Put the leaves in a teapot.
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    Boil the water.
    Add water to the kettle or pot �" just as if you were making tea (which you are). Wait until the water is boiling then take it off the stove. Wait a few minutes before pouring the water over the leaves, and filling the teapot.
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    Steep the mint leaves for 10-15 minutes.
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    Resist the urge to boil the leaves.
    You would never boil a teabag in water, and you shouldn't ever boil herbs, unless you are working with the bark or roots of the herb. Boiling the flowers or leafy parts of herbs will cause the valuable volatile oils to literally go up in steam. Steeping the mint leaves is enough to extract the beneficial constituents in the mint.
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    Pour and enjoy.
    You shouldn't store an herbal tea �" even in the fridge �" longer than 24 hours. Drink the mint tea three times daily, until your cold is gone. You can drink this hot or cold, and add honey to taste.
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    Store in the fridge in a closed container.
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Some Contents of Peppermint Are:

  • volatile oil containing menthol
  • menthone
  • menthyl acetate
  • menthofuran
  • cineole
  • limonene
  • pulegone
  • caryophyllene
  • pinene

Steps For Making a Mint Oil Balm

For topical applications, make an ointment out of the mint plant and apply the mixture on the affected area. The menthol content works as a decongestant for stuffy noses and air passages because of inflamed mucous membranes. Essential oils like those found in eucalyptus and peppermint create heat, which in turn reduces the constriction caused by a cold by stimulating the circulation. Also, the oils contain antibiotic properties that help to kill bacteria that cause infections. To strengthen the effect of the ointment on your skin, massage deeply, as the effect will help increase the mint's effect on your body and increase the warm sensation in your chest afterward. You can also add a warm piece of flannel in the areas you have applied the balm on to increase the warmth as well. This ointment made from mint can be prepared by you, in the comfort of your home.

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What You'll Need:

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    10 drops of eucalyptus oil
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    10 drops of peppermint/spearmint oil
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    1/8 cup olive oil or pure vegetable oil
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    3 drops of thyme essential oil
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    Clean jar with lid
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The Preparation:

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    Combine all the ingredients in a clean jar.
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    Put the lid on the jar.
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    Store it a dark, cool place.
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    Shake before use.
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    Apply on areas experiencing congestion, specifically the chest.
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Steps to Make Mint Smelling Salts

Unlike herbal steam, smelling salts are more potent. With a steam treatment, you have to be at home, whereas smelling salts are convenient because you can take them with you.

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    What you'll need:
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    1. 1/2 teaspoon of course salt
    2. Vials with tight lids
    3. Peppermint/spearmint essential oils
    4. Optional: Eucalyptus oil
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    Preparation:
     
    1. Add 5 drops of the essential mint oil to the salt.
    2. Seal the vial and then let it absorb for a few more minutes.
    3. Shake the mixture to activate it.
    4. Then open the vial to inhale the scent and clear your passages as needed.
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Steps: Herbal Mint Steam Therapy

The warm, moist air steam opens the nasal and bronchial passages. Add the menthol content found in herbs and you have simply one of the best and most effective cures for clogged noses and airways.

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    What you'll need:
     
    1. 3 cups of water
    2. 5-8 drops of peppermint oil
    3. 1/8 cup of fresh or dried mint herbs
    4. Bowl
    5. Bath Towel
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    Preparation:
     
    1. Simmer the water in a pot or kettle.
    2. Remove the water from the heat and add the peppermint oil into the water (another alternative for the oil would be making use of 1/8 cup fresh or dried mint herbs).
    3. Hold your face over the steam, and then cover your head with a towel. Tuck in the ends of the towel to keep the steam from escaping.
    4. Then, breathe in the fragrant steam from your mixture. Enjoy the soothing and relieving results of the steam.
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Tips, Tricks & Warnings

  • When steaming, be very careful if there are small children in the house. In the US last year, 17 children were scalded either during the process, or when someone else was doing this. It should be well out of their reach.
  • Don't use peppermint oil before sleeping, as the menthol will keep you awake at night.
  • Do not apply any essential mint directly to your skin before diluting the. They are too harsh and will irritate your skin.
  • Making use of natural homemade herbal remedies must always be done in conjunction with consultation of your physician.
  • Consult your doctor for any other possible side effects it may have on you, especially if you are taking any medication.
  • If you have any adverse reactions to any herbs, stop using them. As easily as people can be allergic to ragweed, they can be allergic to various herbs.
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Questions and Answers

Does a menthol nasal inhaler work the same way as mint to help clear my cold?

Yes, the menthol inhaler will release the mint smell and taste into your lungs and nasal passages in order to treat your cold, but it will not cure all your cold symptoms.

It should be very clear this is not an inhaler �" these are smelling salts. By no means should anyone inhale the smelling salts right into their nostrils, they should just be breathed in.

What if I have consumed mint leaves hairs as I saw them clean and did not wash them prior?

Is there any danger in consuming mint leaves hair, I have tried this for my cough and I do not want to go and buy from pharmacy.

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