PRODUCTS FROM ECUADOR
Infusions of this plant have been used since ancient times to relieve abdominal swelling and colic. Therefore, it relieves gas and allows you to digest heavy meals.
One outstanding aspect is that according to some studies, by providing better digestion, it combats constipation.
Its expectorant, decongestant and antiseptic properties allow it to be useful in case of common cold as well as in patients suffering from bronchitis or asthma, as it facilitates the expulsion of mucus.
The cooling effect of mint soothes throat irritation, combats chronic cough and is a balm to decongest the nose. In this sense, you can find some tablets to suck mint.
It can be used topically on the skin, which can relieve muscle pain such as back pain, relieve insect bites, treat nail or even skin fungus, among other benefits.
Its components promote good heart health, at the same time it contains anticoagulant effects that improve blood oxygenation.
Its benefits are clearly seen in the reduction of headaches and swelling of the extremities or legs. It is recommended to consume mint tea infusions in order to take advantage of its properties.
Hemorrhoids generally do not cause pain, but in case of bleeding hemorrhoids, you should know that mint has anti-inflammatory properties, and is also astringent. Therefore, you can apply a sitz bath to reduce the pain of piles.
FORMS OF CONSUMPTION
There are many ways to consume mint, some of the most common are:
Fresh – Finely chopped and added to beverages such as sparkling water, tea, and juices to add flavor and aroma.
Infusion: you can make an infusion of fresh mint leaves to obtain its medicinal properties and add a fresh flavor to the drink.
In desserts: it can be added to desserts, such as ice cream, brownies and cakes, to add a fresh and aromatic flavor.
As a dressing: it can be mixed with olive oil, lemon and garlic to create a fresh and delicious dressing for salads and other dishes.
In sauces: it can be finely chopped and mixed with other ingredients to create sauces, such as mint sauce.
Frozen: Fresh mint leaves can be frozen in ice cubes to add to drinks to keep them cool.
Dried: It can be dried and ground into powdered mint for use in desserts, sauces, and other dishes.
These are just some of the many uses for mint, creativity in the kitchen is the limit.
Peppermint tea is one of the most common ways to consume dried peppermint leaves. It's easy to prepare, just place a teaspoon of dried mint leaves in a cup and pour boiling water over them. Let steep for a few minutes before straining and drinking. Mint tea has digestive and calming properties, which makes it ideal to consume after meals. It can also help relieve headaches, anxiety, and insomnia.
In addition to tea, dried mint leaves can also be used to make herbal teas, marinades, and salad dressings. You can make a mint infusion to immerse your feet in it and relieve fatigue and pain. To make an infusion, place a teaspoon of dried mint leaves in a bowl of warm water and allow to steep for a few minutes before soaking your feet.
To prepare an infusion of mint tea, you will need the following ingredients:
Fresh or dried mint leaves (1-2 tablespoons)
A container to heat the water (pot, kettle, etc.)
A cup or teapot to serve the tea
Heat the water until it reaches about 80-90 degrees Celsius (it should not boil)
Add fresh or dried mint leaves to a cup or teapot.
Pour the hot water over the mint leaves.
Let infuse for 3-5 minutes.
Drain and serve, you can add sweetener if you like.
Chicken with Mint
4 chicken breasts
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
In a small bowl, mix the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, mint, salt, and pepper.
Place the chicken breasts in a plastic bag and pour the marinade mixture over the chicken. Be sure to cover the chicken completely.
Let the chicken marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Heat a skillet or grill over medium-high heat.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and cook for about 10-12 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
Serve the chicken with fresh mint leaves on top and enjoy your delicious mint dish.