Today and throughout history, many herbal teas have enjoyed great popularity among various cultures and population groups, using various herbs with medicinal properties useful in relieving certain diseases or causing alterations in our levels. activation or our mood.
Tea or chamomile are probably some of the best known, as is coffee (although we don’t usually stop to identify it as such). Another of the herbs used to make herbal teas is mint polyol, Which we will talk about throughout this article.
Polyol: basic description
Polyol is the popular name we give to “Mentha pulegium”, a type of aromatic plant which, like rosemary, oregano, sage or basil, is part of the lamiaceae family. It is one of the best-known forms of mint, which has been used for centuries in the Mediterranean and the East for many purposes, from insect repellant to aroma and its use as a medicinal plant.
Mint polyol is a plant that it has many properties that make it recommendable to help fight many discomforts and promote our well-being, but nevertheless some of its components can be toxic (especially fleas). In general, the whole plant is generally used and eaten, although the most common is to use the leaves for infusions.
Healthy properties of this plant
There are many properties of polyol that make it a useful herb in its many presentations, especially when used as an infusion. Among these beneficial properties, some of the main ones are as follows.
1. Promotes digestion and reduces intestinal discomfort
Mint polyol is very useful in supporting the digestive process.
More precisely, it has a cholagogue effect, which implies that it generates the expulsion of bile from the gallbladder (something essential for the digestive process) and in turn facilitates the evacuation. In addition, it is antispasmodic, decrease in sudden contractions or spasms that can occur in the visceral level. It also has the interesting property of facilitating the expulsion of gases, which reduces any discomfort.
2. Stimulates appetite
It has been observed that mint polyol is an herb that has the ability to promote increased appetite and hunger, which can be helpful in those who show little appetite (e.g. when faced with distress or the Depression).
3. Contributes to the regulation of the menstrual cycle
Mint polyol has been shown to have an emenagogue effect, which means that the action of this herb can promote the expulsion of menstrual flow. This makes it useful in people with alterations, dysregulations or stopping of the menstrual cycle. The aforementioned antispasmodic effect it also eases lower premenstrual syndrome.
4. Facilitates exudation
Another useful property of this herb is the fact that it can help reduce fever level and body temperature due to the fact that it causes increased sweating.
5. Antiseptic, antifungal and antiparasitic
In addition to the above properties, another advantage of the polyol is that fights different bacteria and parasites, as well as certain species of fungi. Thus, it is often used both as an infusion to take orally and to cleanse wounds on the outside or even as a mouthwash.
6. Helps fight cold symptoms and mild breathing problems
Mint poleo is also used both as an infusion and as a vaporizer for the treatment of certain conditions such as the common cold or bronchitis, As it has a mild cough suppressant and facilitates the expulsion of mucus. This is due to menthol, which it possesses like the rest of the plants of the genus mentha.
Stress and anxiety can be slightly reduced with an infusion of mint polyol, which it helps to relax and facilitates rest and sleep.
Risks and contraindications
While polyol mint is a relatively popular herb and especially used when preparing infusions (in this case, the low concentration of the components of this plant generally makes it harmless), the truth is that too can have adverse health effects.
Therefore, under certain conditions it may be contraindicated, especially with excessive consumption. The risk is generally higher when what is used is essential oil.
To begin with, it should be borne in mind that this herb can be irritating, which can cause burning and pain along the digestive tract. Plus, if consumed in excess, it can lead to diarrhea, headaches, and gastrointestinal issues.
As more significant aspects, we find the fact that the mint polyol can become toxic at the renal and hepatic level, having to avoid its consumption by people suffering from insufficiency or problems related to these organs.
too much affects iron absorption, Making it difficult and lowering its levels, and could even lead to hypoglycemia. That is why it is recommended that people with anemia not to consume it.
outraged is contraindicated during pregnancy because it promotes the appearance of contractions in the uterus, which in large doses can end up facilitating an abortion or premature birth. Neither in breastfeeding nor in children under two years of age.
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