The therapeutic uses of mint have been widespread for a long time, however not always had specific knowledge in front of stomach problems and disorders, as in Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
According to a study conducted by Alex Ford, researcher at McMaster University , in Canada, menthol, the main substance of the mint , helps reduce the symptoms and discomforts generated by Irritable Bowel Syndrome, such as abdominal pain and cramps, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
According to the researcher, the oil of mint , which contains menthol, blocks calcium channels in the intestinal walls, which provides an effect of relaxation and improvement against the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
1. Carminatives : Its content in carvacrol, thymol and menthol help to expel the excess of gases in the intestine. Improves digestion and reduces inflammation.
2. Antispasmodics. Terpenes, carvacrol, limonene, cineole and rosmarinic acid help reduce abdominal spasms, vomiting, and soften abdominal cramps.
3. Choleretics . It has the ability to stimulate the liver and increases the secretion of bile, which allows greater intestinal motility and activates the atrophied or lazy liver.
According to the researcher at McMaster University, the benefits of menthol can be extended to other uses, because, for example, mint tea can be used as a mouthwash for babies with candidiasis (fungus in the mouth) or to reduce nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, especially for women who want to avoid stronger medications.
Likewise, its oil is considered beneficial in the face of skin problems, such as eczema, mosquito bites and irritation, as well as helping to treat respiratory problems, headaches and sore throats.