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The natural goodness of herbs is a widely accepted – not only are their flavours used in food and drink but they are also used to relax the body and can be used to treat common ailments.  Many of us herb enthusiasts have dreams of planting our own herbs in soil and harvesting these plants that we helped nurture while they nurture us with their nutrients. However, if the idea of growing plants gives you flashbacks to the shrivelled up plants that you have tried and failed to grow, you are not alone. We’ve compiled a few tips which will help you achieve your herb garden dreams.

The thing about many herbs is that their natural climate to grow in might be different from Singapore’s tropical one. For this reason, you either have to pick plants that adapt well to our climate or replicate the conditions of their natural habitats. Mint is a plant with a high adaptability and is therefore an easier plant to start with. Furthermore, it has a range of health benefits!

1. Pick the Best Mint For You

There are a great number of mint varieties for you to choose from. From the popular spearmint and peppermint, to the lesser known horsemint, there is something to suit every taste and fancy. There are slight variations with use so pick a plant that suits how you use them. For instance, many people use spearmint for garnishing savoury dishes and use peppermint for sweet ones. The tastes of each variety are different as well so be sure to pick a mint that you like best.

2. Pick the Best Soil

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The soil required for mint plants is a loamy type. This means that it should have different sized soil particles in order for air and water to penetrate. Soil available here is often clayey and retains too much moisture so mix it with lightweight expanded clay aggregate pellets (LECA) so that it is better for your mint plant to flourish.

3. Sunlight

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The great advantage Singapore has is that it has sun all year round. For most types of mint, getting enough sunlight is a must. If you grow your plant indoors make sure you place your potted plant close to a window or at a location where it can get as much sunlight as it can get.

4.Water

 

Most mints grow naturally along the bank of streams and other water sources. This means that growing mint requires more care than simply sticking a cutting to the ground. You should monitor that the plant gets enough water daily. One way to check this is to put your finger in the soil to check its moisture. The soil should feel moist to the touch.

5. Pruning

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One thing that remains constant across all mint varieties is their ability to invade spaces completely. These plants are very hardy and they produce runners which can cause them to over-run and get out of control. One way to prevent is by planting them in separate pots. Another is through pruning. Pruning is an excellent way to keep plants producing new leaves and to prevent them from over-growing.

Armed with this knowledge, you are now prepared to embark upon the complicated journey of gardening. Though it requires some extra time and effort, the pleasure of being able to harvest fresh herbs for yourself makes all the work worthwhile. With a little practice, you may be able to grow an entire potted garden for your herb needs.

Mint is also a great addition to your teas. If you would like a minty tea, Nilufer Tea offers Orange & Chamomile herbal tea which has notes of mint for your drinking pleasure. Shop here now!

With its signature delicate yet refreshing smell and flavour, mint is an ingredient used for medicinal purposes for various ailments. Peppermint tea, a herbal infusion made from mint leaves, is a delicious yet easy way to enjoy the diverse health benefits this herb has to offer. Read on to discover the host of benefits this quality tea has to offer and you may find yourself reaching out for a cup of this brew by the end!

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1. Fights Fever

One of life’s paradox is that you can be burning up with fever yet be shivering with chills. This is your body’s way of fighting infection by raising your body temperature. Drinking peppermint tea assists your body in heating up and increasing blood circulation. Getting warm also helps pores open up, allowing your body to cool naturally by perspiring. Not only does this help your body cool, perspiring helps flush out toxins too!

The next time you feel yourself coming down with a fever, try reaching out for a cup of peppermint tea to keep your fever in control.

2. Improves digestion

Mint leaves can naturally cure a range of digestive problems like bloating and stomach discomfort. Peppermint tea can relieve such issues as it helps relax your muscles, allowing stomach gases to pass more easily rather than accumulating. This makes this herbal tea an effective remedy for symptoms associated to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) such as gassiness and stomach pain.

If you find yourself suffering from digestion problems like diarrhoea or constipation, peppermint tea can help ease any pain while ensuring your digestive system is working well. This herbal tea is best taken after a meal, before bedtime or at the onset of any symptoms of digestive issues.

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3. Guards against nausea and vomiting

Do you get motion sickness or feel queasy when travelling on vehicles?

Drinking peppermint tea can help prevent any vomiting or nausea as it relieves any involuntary muscle spasms. It also helps alleviate stomachache and nausea usually experienced together with motion sickness.

4. Strengthens Immune system

Mint leaves contain antibacterial properties to tackle bacteria responsible for a range of illnesses including colds, cough and fever. Peppermint tea also helps boost your immune system to prevent you from falling sick. The antioxidants and nutrients found in this herbal tea is sure to help keep your body in optimal condition!

5. Bye to bad breath

From sweets to toothpaste, mint is a popular flavour to freshen up your breath. The antibacterial properties of mint leaves keeps bad breath at bay while the strong menthol flavour is sure to leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean.

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6. Natural relief for headaches

If you find yourself suffering from a splitting headache, try reaching out for some fresh or dried leaves instead of painkillers. Once brewed and drunk, you might find the peppermint tea has eased your pain without the need for heavy medication and side effects!

Headaches usually restrict blood vessels in the brain, causing pain. Similar to pain killers, peppermint tea stops headaches by opening up the constricted blood vessels. Try this natural remedy the next time you feel a migraine coming on for relief!

7. Relieves nasal congestion

Apart from giving peppermint tea its unique refreshing taste and smell, menthol also plays another beneficial role- warding off sinus problems. The menthol found in mint leaves can reduce inflammation along the nasal passage and clear it to solve any congestion.

If you’re suffering from a cold or sinus infection, try brewing a cup of peppermint tea. The steam from this herbal infusion can alleviate any sinus issue by breaking up phlegm, making your nose feel less blocked. This herbal tea is also a great cure for sore throats and dry coughs.

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8. Improves alertness

The next time you need a drink to perk you up, reach out for peppermint tea. This herbal infusion can improve brain capability by making you more alert and enhance memory.

This herbal tea is also a great go-to drink at work or school as it is a natural stress reducer. We all know we tend to perform better when calm and balanced.

9. Alleviates menstrual cramps

While peppermint tea helps alleviate muscle spasms in general, it seems to be particularly effective in treating period cramps. Drink a cup of this herbal infusion two to three times a days during days leading up to your period and during to help soothe any period cramps.

10. Troubled skin

Treating skin problems associated to inflammation like acne can be infuriating but a change in diet can do the trick. Peppermint tea is a natural solution to troubled skin. It helps boost estrogen levels which helps balance out hormonal issues, helping reduce acne.

With a wide range of benefits, mint is a versatile ingredient to naturally treat issues ranging from digestive problems to troubled skin. Enjoy mint’s health benefits by treating yourself regularly to peppermint tea!

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