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Autor:  Pablo Edronkin [ Dom Nov 27, 2011 2:12 pm ]
Asunto:  Improvised Medicinal Uses Of The Mint Plant

Aquatic mint is a superb medicinal plant that can be used with great success in those regions where it grows, as a survival remedy and to make camp life more agreeable.

Aside from a false kind of mint usually planted by farmers keen on selling or consuming their own drugs, mint plants are great, especially a variety know as water mint (Mentha aquatica), which grows almost everywhere, in temperate regions.

It is a relatively small, wild plant that grows along small water streams, reaching between 20 and 70 centimetres high, with rather big, round or oval-shaped leafs and white or pink flowers. It can be used as a natural medicine or remedy in a wide variety of forms, plus, it can also give a new flavour to any survival or camp meal.

By chopping its parts into small pieces and adding them to any infusion like tea or mate, you get a very pleasant hot or cold beverage that can be used to alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by laryngitis, fever, diarrhoea and other pains. It acts as a mild sedative.

We have used it also to give a better taste to water obtained by distillation or from rather murky or unpleasant sources under survival circumstances.

There are only two precautions that you should consider when attempting to use water mint plants: the first one is that bees and hornets seem to like them too, and they don't usually agree with what they probably see as intensive deforestation, a.k.a. humans cutting the plants that they visit.

Moreover: If you find mint plants and bees you could also find in the area hives with a strong, mint-flavoured honey inside. If you dare and you know how to do that, you could practice a little of convenience apiculture and get yourself a treat with exotic honey, but be careful!The second precaution that you should consider is that a very strong infusion containing high concentrations of mint could induce vomiting. That is known as an emetic effect, similar to that produced by emetine, an alkaloid obtained from the ipecacuana.

Of course, never forget that medicine is the stuff of doctors so don´t try to act like one unless there is no other way to save your life. Ask your doctor if you have any doubts.

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