Common Name: Pudina, Putiha, Podina
English Name: Spearmint
Botanical Name: Mentha arvensis Linn.
Description: Podina is an herbaceous perennial herb that grows to a height of 10 to 60 cm. This downy herb has running rootstocks and a rigid branching stem. The lanceolate oblong leaves are simple and sharply toothed, paired in opposites with minute hair.
Chemical constituents: Limonene,cineole, menthone, menthofuran, isomenthone, menthyl acetate, isopulegol ,menthol, pulegone and carvone.
Properties: The Mint leaves can work as blood cleanser with their antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It can alleviate mouth ulcers, toothache and swollen gum. Fresh leaves can cure headache and dizziness. Mint leaves can relief arthritis and joint pains. The leaf infusion helps in curing health disorders like dysmenorrheal, stomachache and diuresis.These plants have antispasmodic and anesthetic properties.Having expectorant properties makes it beneficial for cough, cold, sore throat and fever. The oil extraction of these plants cures various skin problems like acne, ulcer and boils. The oil is beneficial for the nervous system
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