Last night, I wrote about the dishes that I cooked for the girls to bring back to the condo. You know, the reheatable meals. But even before I was able to post that article, I got a call from my younger daughter, Alex, saying she was running a fever (she already had a bad cold when Speedy drove her and her sister to the condo the previous night) and wanted to go home. Speedy drove all the way to the city to pick her up.
Alex is much better when she woke up today. She’s breathing easier and her appetite has returned somewhat. She finished her lunch and I asked her if she wanted some tea. I’d make her salabat (ginger brew) but she’s no fan of salabat — she’s a jasmine and green tea girl. And the thing about Alex is that she doesn’t like tea in teabags. She says she can taste the bag in her tea and it’s awful. She only drinks brew made from loose tea leaves. And she likes her tea with mint leaves.
We grow herbs in the garden, including mint. Normally, we have three different varieties of mint in troughs but, over the summer with the extreme humidity, many of the herbs just wilted. Very few new leaves sprouted and the precious few were very small. For a couple of months, we had to buy fresh herbs from the supermarket for cooking and drinks.
Fortunately for Alex, with the onset of the rainy season and the cooler weather, the mint and all the other herbs have rejuvenated. The mint looks great and I picked a couple of sprigs to make her a pot of tea.
Like any herb, mint has nutritional value. Insofar as colds and other respiratory problems go, here are some information I found on the web.
From Organic Facts:
The strong aroma of mint is very effective in opening up congestion of nose, throat, bronchi and lungs, giving relief in respiratory disorders resulting from asthma, cold etc. As it cools and soothes throat, nose and other respiratory channels, it gives relief in cough too. Many balms are based on this property of mint. Unlike other inhalers which are based on aerosols, those based on mint are more effective and eco-friendly too.
From Live and Feel:
It is recommended in cases of asthma, bronchitis and the flu because of its antispasmodic and sedative properties. Sinusitis can be treated with mint also, because menthol is a vasodilatator of the nasal mucous membrane. It can be used as an inhalation in small amounts as well as for chest massages.
In the case of peppermint, here is something from WHFoods:
Peppermint contains the substance rosmarinic acid, which has several actions that are beneficial in asthma. In addition to its antioxidant abilities to neutralize free radicals, rosmarinic acid has been shown to block the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals, such as leukotrienes. It also encourages cells to make substances called prostacyclins that keep the airways open for easy breathing. Extracts of peppermint have also been shown to help relieve the nasal symptoms of allergic rhinitis (colds related to allergy).
Makes sense to grow mint at home and have a steady supply, doesn’t it? See how to grow and propagate mint.