Pudina (Mint) Seeds
Mint is a perennial herb with very fragrant, fruity, aromatic, toothed leaves. As well as kitchen companions, mints are used as garden accents, ground covers, air fresheners, and herbal medicines.
Uses & Benefits of Pudina
- Pudina is used as a carminative and an expectorant.
- The plant is highly effective in treating headaches, rhinitis, cough sore throat, colic, prurigo and vomiting.
- It serves as a good blood cleanser, since it is antiseptic and anti-bacterial.
- Pudina plays a significant role in alleviating swollen gums, mouth ulcers and toothaches.
- Crushed and bruised pudina leaves are used in treating insect bites.
- A decoction and infusion of its leaves and stems helps in fever, stomachaches, dysmenorrheal and diuresis.
- Fresh leaves of pudina are crushed and sniffed for dizziness. Crushed leaves are also applied on the forehead and temple, to cure headaches.
- For toothaches, boil 6 tablespoons of pudina leaves in 2 glasses of water, for 15 minutes. Strain and cool the water. Divide it into two parts and take each part after 3 to 4 hours.
- Boil 6 tablespoons of chopped leaves in 2 glasses of water, for 15 minutes. Cool and strain. Divide the decoction into 3 parts and consume three times a day. This will help in treating coughs.
- For treating arthritis, take some fresh leaves and heat on low flame. Pound them and apply on the painful joints or muscles, when still warm.
- Soak 2 tablespoons of chopped leaves in a glass of hot water for 30 minutes and strain. Use the infusion as a mouthwash.
- The menthol extracted from the plant is used in preparing balms.
Field Mint, Wild Mint, Corn Mint • Assamese: podina • Hindi: पुदीना pudina •Kannada: chetamargugu, chetni-marugu • Malayalam: putina, puttina, puttityana • Manipuri: নুংশী হিদাক nungshi-hidak • Tamil: iyeccirkirai, kumarakamuli • Telugu: igaenglikoora, igaenglikura
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