There are a whopping 30 types of mint out there, but the two most popular types are peppermint (bright green leaves, purple stems and peppery flavor) and spearmint (gray-green leaves and milder all round).
Australian researchers reported that peppermint can offer some relief to individuals suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).1
They explained that peppermint ‘activates an anti-pain channel’ in the colon which then reduces pain sensing fibers. This helps alleviate gastrointestinal pain associated with inflammation.
How to Use, Cook & Store Mint
Pairs well with: Lamb, chocolate
Great in: tea, ice cream
Store like this: To store the fresh herb, trim its ends and keep in a glass container containing 1 inch of water. Change the water daily.
- Andrea et al. (2011) A novel role for TRPM8 in visceral afferent function. Pain.