Ninth on our list of herbs and spices is mint of which there are several varieties. The flavour of mint is appreciated in many cultures, not just the English with their mint sauce, as the French sometimes like to suggest. Mint I think has a wonderful cleansing note and is also a suitable foil for hot dishes. I f you grow mint contain it in a tub or pot, for all types of mint have a creeping root system that can become invasive.
9. MINT – Herbalists the world over use mint, as a premier stomach tonic, to counteract nausea and vomiting, promote digestion, calm stomach muscle spasms, relieve flatulence, and ease hiccups. Menthol, the aromatic oil in peppermint, also relaxes the airways and fights bacteria and viruses. Menthol interferes with the sensation from pain receptors, thus it may be useful in reducing headache pain. Scientific evidence suggests that peppermint can kill many kinds of micro-organisms, and may boost mental alertness. In one study, people who inhaled menthol said they felt as if it relieved their nasal congestion, although it didn’t increase their measurable airflow.
Mint goes with: bean shoots, carrots, chick peas, chillies, coriander, cracked wheat, cucumber, fish sauce, garlic, gin, lamb, lemongrass, lemons, limes, melons, parsley, peas, pork, potatoes, prawns, rice noodles, tea, tomatoes, yoghurt.