Infusion of mint

Infusion of mint

Among the infusions with thirst-quenching, refreshing and calming effects, there is undoubtedly also that of mint. This plant, present in nature with numerous species and varieties, has some beneficial properties that make it fully fall within those defined as “officinal” or in any case with a phytotherapeutic validity. The mint infusion can be drunk in all those cases in which you want to quench your thirst or relax after a particularly stressful day. The mint infusion is usually prepared using fresh mint leaves and other herbs, called “adjuvants”, which have the purpose of improving the flavor of the infusion and enhancing the same effects of mint.


The mint infusion is an aqueous solution in which the active ingredients of the plant are extracted through an infusion process. In this preparation, boiling water is added to the mint leaves, which must be left to infuse for at least three minutes. The preparation is filtered and then drunk in sips, both hot and cold. The cold mint infusion has excellent thirst-quenching and refreshing properties and is particularly useful for regaining energy during hot summer days. The hot infusion, on the other hand, is drunk after meals or just before going to sleep, carrying out an effective digestive and relaxing action.


The mint infusion has all the properties of the plant. The beneficial effects of mint are linked to the presence of an essential oil, menthol, which gives that flavor and aromatic smell typical of mint. Menthol acts on the nervous system giving calm and relaxation and soothing situations of stress and fatigue. Not by chance, to enhance these beneficial effects, the mint infusion is prepared together with lemon balm. The mint infusion is also useful in case of slow and difficult digestion. Menthol also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and for this reason it is also used to prepare mouthwashes. The infusion of fresh mint, in fact, can be used just as a mouthwash, to gargle and rinse in case of toothache and inflamed gums.


Menthol stimulates gastric secretion, so the mint infusion should not be used in case of acute, chronic gastritis and gastrointestinal ulcers. In excessive doses, and in predisposed people, menthol can also cause agitation or depressive states.

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