Taste (Rasa): Sweet, Pungent
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effects: Pacifying for Pitta and Kapha
Benefits & Use: Mint is a great appetizer or palate cleanser and digestive aid; the aroma of the herb activates the salivary glands in our mouth as well as glands which secrete digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion. It also soothes the stomach in cases of indigestion or inflammation. (Much of western cuisine includes mint as an element of palate cleansers, to be eaten before the main course so the food will digest comfortably.) The strong and refreshing aroma of mint is also an effective remedy for nausea and respiratory disorders that often result from asthma and the common cold as well as alertness, charging your batteries and get your brain functioning. As mint cools and soothes the throat, nose and other respiratory channels, it also relieves the irritation which causes chronic coughing, which is why so many balms are based on mint.
Additional Uses: Asthma; breastfeeding; acne; oral health; fever; burns; insect repellent
In the Kitchen: Mint is one of the most versatile herbs around. Indoors, you can use it to deodorize a room, wake up your skin, freshen your breath, create delicious hot (and cold) teas, lend zest to vegetable dishes, and spruce up otherwise-ordinary salads, juices, spreads, fruits, etc.
Recipe: Minty Pea Soup