While the pleasant aroma of mint can positively affect your oral senses, the herb has a wide variety of uses. Its dual role as an aromatic treatment and skin care treatment allows it to be used in several different ways.
There are many masks available on the market that use mint as a main ingredient. While you can choose from any of these products to do a mint facial, it's possible to make your own at home and save money. Mint facial masks are especially beneficial for people with oily skin. Many recipes recommend mixing two tablespoons (15 milliliters) of mint with oatmeal and yogurt. All you need to do after making the mixture is to apply it to your face. After 10 minutes, rinse the mask off with warm water.
There are also many cleanser products with mint in them. Mint can act as an astringent in a cleanser by shrinking skin tissue and reducing the amount of oil in the skin [source: Public Broadcasting Service]. Just as with facial masks, you can choose from a wide variety of skin cleanser products that contain mint, or you can make your own using fresh mint leaves.
Popular mint drinks like peppermint tea can also help with digestion problems, including bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gallstones. Because of its soothing effects, many people recommend peppermint for headaches, colds and the flu [source: University of Maryland].
If you visit a spa, you'll likely find that many of the treatments there include mint. Despite its benefits to health, however, spas mostly use mint for its scent, which many people find relaxing and soothing. It's is often combined with other natural scents such as lemon or lavender for body and face treatments.
If you want to learn more about mint and skin care, see the links below.
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- Telpner, Meghan. "Making Love in the Kitchen: Minty Fresh Mint Harvesting." The Appetizer, Aug. 25, 2009. (Sept. 28, 2009)) http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/theappetizer/archive/2009/08/25/making-love-in-the-kitchen-minty-fresh.aspx
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- West Virginina University. "Growing herbs in the garden." (Sept. 28, 2009) http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/hortcult/herbs/ne208hrb.htm