Mints are aromatic, almost exclusively perennial, annual herbs. They grow best in a wet environment and moist soil. It is originally native to Europe, but is cultivated in all the regions of the world. Mint is synonymous to freshness. It gives a cooling sensation to the taste buds and is immensely popular for its distinct aroma and medicinal value.
Mint can bring an extra zing and unique savour to almost anything you cook, making you salivate every single time. Mint is well-known mouth freshener, and it has more than two dozen species and hundreds of varieties. Mint is rich in vitamins and minerals. It has also been used medicinally to aid digestion and heal other ailments. Mint is especially rich in carotenes and vitamin C. It is best known for its benefits to the immune system. It is also useful if you have cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.
There are about 25 different species of mint, each with a distinct flavour. Peppermint and spearmint are its most popular types. It helps treat cold, flu, fever, poor digestion, motion sickness, food poisoning, hiccups, stings, ear ache, and sinus ailments. Peppermint is used to add flavour to toothpaste, chewing gums and mouth fresheners.