Mint is a great ingredient in summer cocktails and makes delicious ice cream flavors. We all know how mint freshens breath. You can infuse your home spa with this versatile herb. These are five ways to make mint more relaxing, refreshing, and radiant all summer.
Slow sweating and a mint spritz
Mint's astringent properties temporarily constrict sweat glands, reducing perspiration. Combining the plant with witch haze (try this Witch Hazel Natural Asstringent, $9.13 on Amazon) which has its tannins, which also limit sweat production, increases benefits.
# TRY IT! To a spray bottle, add 3/4 cup of witchhazel and 1 tablespoon of crushed mint leaves. A 3-pack of travel-sized bottles is $6.99 on Amazon. Spray onto areas that are sweaty at least once per day.
A mint salve can soothe sunburns
Rosmarinic acid in the plant reduces inflammation and irritation caused by sunburns. It can be combined with coconut oil rich in antioxidants to speed up healing.
# TRY IT! Mix 2 teaspoons chopped mint with 1 /2 tablespoons coconut oil. Apply the oil to sunburned areas. Let it sit for 15 minutes before you rinse.
Use a mint rinse to volumize limp locks
Mint's stimulant, menthol, props strands up to the scalp to beat volume-sapping humidity. It also continues to work well long after it has been applied. It also leaves behind a cooling sensation that keeps the scalp cool on hot days.
# TRY IT! In 2 cups of boiling water, boil a handful mint leaves. After the leaves have cooled, strain them and then pour the liquid onto damp hair. After massaging the scalp for one minute, let it sit for five minutes before you rinse.
A mint toner can be used to mattify oily skin
Mint's unique compounds reduce oil production so skin doesn't appear greasy. It's a great combination with apple cider vinegar (Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Amazon, $9.85), which shrinks enlarged pores.
# TRY IT! Mix 5 crushed mint leaves with 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup water. Then, add the mixture to a sealed jar. Use the liquid to coat a cotton pad and then wipe the skin dry once daily.
A mint wrap can help you get rid of belly bloat
The herb's menthol absorbs skin and increases circulation, which helps to eliminate excess fluids and toxins from the abdomen that can make it look puffy. The amino acids in olive oil tighten the skin, making it appear slimmer.
# TRY IT! Combine 1/4 cup olive oil and 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves. Spread the mixture on your belly. Wrap loosely with plastic wrap to encourage fluid-flushing sweat. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, then rinse off.
Easy way to grow your own mint!
Mint is a strong grower so it is best to plant it in containers. You will need to fill a pot with good-draining soil. Next, take the mint seedlings out of their plastic nursery pots and place them in the soil. Place the roots in a sunny place and water frequently. The herb's ability to boost metabolism and improve digestion has been studied. You will feel amazing in no time. Add mint to iced teas, lemonade, smoothies and other beverages to reap the health benefits and beauty benefits.
This article first appeared in Woman's World's print magazine.
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