Mint, whose homeland is the Mediterranean, is very common especially in Anatolia and Egypt. Due to the suitability of the climate in Turkey, it grows naturally in almost every region. With its characteristic and intense fragrance, it adds a distinctive flavor to salads, meats, soups, appetizers and almost all kinds of food.
There is information about the use of mint in both kitchens and medicine in ancient inscriptions. In B.C. 1200-600 remains of the mint plant were found in Egyptian tombs. Romans used mint against bee stings and the Greeks believed that the smell of mint symbolized power and attributed the mint plant to Venus. In addition, they added it to bath water to relieve fatigue. In the Middle Ages, mint was used in funeral ceremonies because it was thought to revive the spirit and purify it from evil.
Symbolizing hospitality in many cultures, mint remains the main beverage served to guests in the Middle East, and its rejection is considered rude.
The main components of mint are menthol, menthol, menthyl acetate, 1,8-cineole, pinene, limoene. Known for its analgesic properties, menthol is good for headaches, inflammation and muscle pain. Mentone is both analgesic and antiseptic.
Brewed in the form of tea, peppermint facilitates digestion and relieves stress. Mint, whose liqueur is made in the alcohol sector, is the main type of liqueur served with Turkish delight or coffee, with its pungent smell and taste.
A wonderful refreshment can be achieved in the hot summer months by adding a few leaves of fresh mint to soft drinks and cocktails. Fresh mint is the crown of lemonade, which is an indispensable drink in summer.
Mint, which is also used as an essential oil, is the most demanded oil type all over the world after lavender oil. In aromatherapy, it is used as a breathing agent, expectorant and nasal congestion. It energizes, balances hormones and increases concentration.
According to a study conducted in Taiwan, it was found that peppermint oil drunk 15-30 minutes before meals significantly reduced abdominal bloating and gas.
In addition to these, it is used in the perfume & cosmetics industry and in dermatology. It is used in toothpastes because it relieves bad breath and toothache. The use of mint in ice cream and tobacco products is frequently encountered.