More than 2,000 mint varieties exist (including chocolate mint and Moroccan mint) though the versatile peppermint and spearmint are the most popular. Perk up health from head to toe with mint’s uplifting scent and gentle medicinal properties.
A classic for post-meal stomach upset, mint’s muscle-relaxing properties help prevent intestinal spasms. Its refreshing taste blends well with other flavors, such as raspberry or lemon, in both hot and cold drinks.
Try: Metromint Goodberrymint Water
Peppermint oil fights skin dryness and benefits scalp circulation. Mix a few drops into your shampoo, coconut or olive oil, or plain water (don’t apply undiluted oil); massage into scalp, and then rinse.
Try: Jason Biotin & Peppermint Strengthening Shampoo
Naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, mint wards off body odor (reportedly, it repels mosquitoes, too). Mix 1/4 cup witch hazel, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup aloe vera gel, and a few drops of mint oil; shake and spritz on clean underarms.
Try: Avalon Organics Rosemary and Mint Deodorant Spray
A favorite in chewing gums, lozenges, and toothpastes, mint’s crisp, clean essence fights bacteria-caused bad breath. Make mouthwash by mixing 1/4 cup water with 1 teaspoon baking soda and one drop each of tea tree and peppermint oils.
Try: Tea Forté Minteas