It is widely known that there are certain herbs and plants which have amazing healing properties and can be used for various medical purposes. Fennel and mint are two of the most widely used and praised herbal remedies.
Fennel has been in use for more than 5000 years. Traces of it were found in Egyptian pyramids, where the kings were buried along with this plant. In ancient Rome it was used as a spice and for food preserving, and it was even mentioned in the Bible.
Fennel first originated from eastern Mediterranean and northern Egypt, and today it is cultivated all over the world. It is particularly popular in Morocco, Iran, India, China and Turkey.
This plant has strong, sweet, spicy and somewhat bitter taste. Its bitterness, however, is usually neutralized with coriander, and the two herbs are often used together.
Fennel is mostly used in cuisines that are typically spicy, like the Indian cuisine, but also in Northern Africa and Mexican cuisine.
One of the main uses of fennel is home remedy for stomachache, indigestion and other problems related to the digestive tract. It also acts as an appetite stimulant.
Fennel tea can be used to clean the eyes, especially during eye infections. It has anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates the brain. It can be used to improve memory and concentration.
Mint is an herb that has many uses. It comes in form of tea, and it is one of the most popular herbal beverages in Europe. It is also used for coffee, liqueurs, jelly, ice cream, syrup, cookies, cakes and cocktails. It is used as a spice in many different dishes, especially in Middle Eastern, Indian, Thai and Egyptian cuisines.
There are several different types of mint, and most of them are very easy to grow in the garden or in a pot. Peppermint and spearmint are the most popular types.
Mint can be used fresh or dried. Fresh leaves can be chewed to freshen the breath, instead of a chewing gum. Peppermint and spearmint can both be used to make the mint tea. This tea is very useful for many purposes and ailments. It soothes an upset stomach, relieves gas and bloating, helps with sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion, sinusitis and other infections of the upper respiratory tract. Mint tea can also cure headache and it is very beneficial if taken before bedtime, especially for people who suffer from insomnia.
In the summer, mint can be added to cocktails, alcoholic or virgin. Fresh mint leaves are very refreshing in iced tea, in fruit salads and as an ice cream topping.