Apple mint is a perennial herb plant that grows tall and is sometimes called the woolly mint. This herb grows tall to a height of 40-100 cm and spread as broad foliage.
In early times, the Greeks used apple mint to clean their banqueting tables and also added it to their baths to rejuvenate their bodies.
Apple Mint can be used in preparing jams, jellies, tea, sauces and desserts. The dried form of apple mint leaves can be used to prepare delicious potpourri.
The mint leaves contains nutrients like iron, potassium, calcium, vitamin A and C which replenish our body.
The flowers can be used to make tea which if consumed promotes digestion, cures many ailments such as intestine problems, stomach pain and refreshes the mind.
Apple mint tea is an excellent choice when a headache strikes or when stomach discomfort begins to spoil your day. Mints of all types also address feverish conditions effectively.
Researchers using essential oil of apple mint show promise for treating vaginal candidiasis. Mint contains a number of vitamins and minerals, which are vital to maintain a healthy body.
Mint is rich in vitamins A and C and also contains smaller amounts of vitamin B2. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and may help to decrease the risk of certain cancers such as colon and rectal cancer. Mint has always been used medicinally to aid digestion and relieve indigestion.
Pregnant women should not consume apple mint since it can cause abortion. Apple mint is highly toxic when taken in large doses.
Apple mint consumption in excess can lead to muscle ache, cramps, tremors, drowsiness, diarrhoea and slow heart rate.
Fresh mint can be bought from your local supermarket and should be stored in the refrigerator for the best freshness.
If you buy a bunch of mint, it should be placed in a container of water, stems down, with a plastic bag loosely covering the top.