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Pudina

Pudina
Pudina is also known as brown mint, garden mint and lady’s mint. It is a rich source of polyphenols and has a characteristic aromatic odor and pungent taste.
Pudina aids in digestion and helps in weight management due to its carminative (relieves gas) and antispasmodic property. Chewing Pudina leaves helps in getting relief from bloating and gas. Pudina tablets and pudina drops also helps in indigestion. It might also help in improving brain functions by preventing cell damage due to its antioxidant property. The essential oils present in it might be beneficial for toothache due to their cooling property. Drinking Pudina tea on a regular basis helps in weight loss by improving the metabolism due to its antioxidant properties.
Pudina leaf powder when applied on skin along with rose water helps to get rid of acne, scars and spots due to its antiinflammatory property. Applying fresh Pudina leaf paste on skin also helps in managing boils and skin infections due to its antimicrobial property.
It is advisable to use Pudina oil in a diluted form along with some carrier oil like coconut oil to avoid irritation of the skin[1][2].

What are the synonyms of Pudina?

Mentha viridis, Pudinaa, Spear-Mint, Garden Mint, Phudino, Pudeenaa, Parari pudina, Rocani, Podinakah, Putiha

What is the source of Pudina?

Plant Based

Benefits of Pudina

How effective is Pudina?

Insufficient evidence
Cancer, Common cold symptoms, Diarrhea, Flatulence (gas formation), Headache, Indigestion, Irritable bowel syndrome, Muscle pain, Osteoarthritis, Post-operative nausea and vomiting, Sore throat, Toothache

Precautions when using Pudina

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Pudina should be avoided if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as it can worsen the symptoms due to its Ushna (hot) potency.
Patients with kidney disease
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Avoid consuming Pudina if you have kidney diseases[3].
Patients with liver disease
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Avoid consuming Pudina if you have liver diseases[3].
Pregnancy
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Consult your doctor before taking Pudina during pregnancy[3].

Recommended Dosage of Pudina

  • Pudina Tablet - 1-2 tablets twice a day.
  • Pudina Drop - 15-20 drops once or twice a day.
  • Pudina Capsule - 1-2 capsules twice a day.
  • Pudina Churna - ¼-½ teaspoon twice day.
  • Pudina Oil - 1-2 drops once or twice a day.

How to use Pudina

1. Pudina Tablets
a. Take 1-2 Pudina tablets.
b. Swallow it with water 1-2 times a day after meals.

2. Pudina Capsule
a. Take 1-2 Pudina capsule.
b. Swallow it with water 1-2 times a day after meals.

3. Pudina drops
a. Take 15-20 Pudina drops.
b. Add 1 glass of water to it and take preferably after meals to aid better digestion.

4. Pudina Capsule
a. Take 1-2 Pudina capsule.
b. Swallow it with water 1-2 times a day after meals.

5. Pudina oil
a. Take 1-2 drops Pudina oil.
b. Add 1 glass of water to it and take preferably after meals to aid better digestion.

6. Pudina Kwath
a. Take 4-8 teaspoons of Pudina Kwath.
b. Add an equal amount of water to it.
c. Drink it preferably in the morning and evening.

7. Pudina Tea
a. Boil 1 cup of water in a pan.
b. Pour the hot water into a cup having tea leaves.
c. Leave to steep for 10 minutes.
d. Crush fresh Pudina leaves and add them to the cup.
e. Add 3-4 drops of lemon.

Benefits of Pudina

Precautions when using Pudina

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Use the paste of Pudina leaves with rose water if your skin is hypersensitive, due to its Ushna (hot) potency.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Use Pudina oil by diluting with coconut oil before applying on the skin because of its Tikshna (sharp) nature.

Recommended Dosage of Pudina

  • Pudina Powder - ½ - 1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.
  • Pudina Oil - 2-5 drops or as per your requirement.

How to use Pudina

1. Pudina Fresh Leaves
a. Take 5-8 leaves of Pudina.
2. Crush them to form a paste.
3. Apply on the ulcers and boils.
4. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes.
5. Wash thoroughly with tap water.
6. Use this remedy 2-3 times a week to get rid of ulcers and boils.

2. Pudina Kwath
a. Take 2-3 teaspoons of Pudina Kwath.
b. Use it to wash the wounds for effective wound healing.

3. Pudina Powder
a. Take ½ - 1 teaspoon of Pudina powder.
b. Add Rose water to it.
c. Apply evenly on the affected area.
d. Let it sit 5-8 minutes.
e. Wash thoroughly with tap water.
f. Use this remedy 2-3 times a week to get rid of Black spots and scars on the skin.

4. Pudina oil (Peppermint oil)
a. Take Pudina oil 2-5 drops.
b. Mix with coconut oil.
c. Apply to the affected area.
d. Do it once a day till your symptoms subside.

Frequently asked questions

Q. How do I preserve fresh Pudina leaves?

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Method 1:
1. Take some fresh Pudina leaves and wash them properly.
2. Spread them on the filter paper and microwave for 15-20 seconds.
3. Crush the leaves to form a powder.
4. You can store this powder in a clean zip lock pouch or a container.

Method 2:
1. Clean the Pudina leaves.
2. Spread them on the filter paper and let it dry.
3. Keep it inside the refrigerator in a zip lock pouch.
4. You can store the leaves for 2-3 days by this method.

Q. Do Pudina leaves lose their properties on drying?

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There are various methods by which Pudina or any other herb can be dried with its properties kept intact and it totally depends on the method of drying used. If Pudina is dried directly under the sunlight then it will result in the deterioration of the properties.

Q. Is there a difference between peppermint and spearmint?

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Peppermint is a hybrid of Spearmint and Watermint and are thus similar. Peppermint contains more menthol so has a stronger smell, slightly dark in color and has less hairy leaves than spearmint.

Q. Is Pudina toxic to humans?

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Pudina is not toxic but has various medicinal benefits. But there exists a variety of Pudina named the Purple mint which is actually toxic to cattle and horses but safe for human use[4].

Q. What are the benefits of eating Pudina (mint) leaves?

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Eating Pudina (mint) leaves is considered to be beneficial for health as they have antioxidant activity. It helps fight against cell damage caused by free radicals. Pudina leaves also act as a carminative and help provide relief from bloating or gas, thereby managing gastrointestinal disorders, nausea and vomiting[2].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Pudina leaves are very beneficial for health. They help improve digestion and enhance appetite due to its Ushna (hot), Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestion) properties. They also help to manage certain conditions like diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain due to its Grahi (absorbent), Kapha - Vata balancing and Balya (strength provider) properties. This helps maintain the overall health of a person.

Q. Does Pudina help improve irritable bowel syndrome?

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Yes, Pudina might help manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) such as bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. This is due to its anti-inflammatory property that helps reduce chronic inflammation in the digestive tract. Moreover, the laxative property of Pudina helps manage constipation by promoting bowel movement[6].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Irritable bowel syndrome occurs due to an imbalance of any of the three doshas which result in weak or poor digestion and the formation of Ama. Pudina helps to enhance digestion and reduce Ama due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestion) properties. It also helps control excessive passage of stools and reduces the passage of mucus due to its Grahi (absorbent) property.

Q. Does Pudina help relieve indigestion?

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Yes, Pudina might help relieve indigestion as well its associated symptoms such as flatulence due to the presence of certain constituents such as carvone. Carnove has carminative property that helps provide relief from flatulence[7].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Indigestion occurs due to an imbalance of Pitta dosha. Pudina helps to digest the food properly and provide relief from indigestion due to its Ushan (hot), Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestion) properties.
Tips:
1. Take some fresh Pudina leaves as per your requirement.
2. Boil these leaves in water for 10-15 minutes.
3. Filter and consume it hot after meals to aid digestion.

Q. Can Pudina help improve brain function and prevent memory loss?

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Yes, Pudina might help to improve brain function and prevent memory loss due to the presence of certain constituents such as rosmarinic acid. These constituents have antioxidant and anticholinesterase properties that help prevent the damage caused to the brain cells due to free radicals[8].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Brain function and memory loss are generally disturbed by an aggravation of Vata dosha. Pudina helps provide strength to the nerves which results in enhanced functioning of the brain with improved memory. This is due to its Vata balancing and Balya (strength provider) properties.

Q. Is Pudina helpful in reducing pain due to breastfeeding?

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Yes, Pudina might be considered helpful in reducing pain due to breastfeeding. Pudina possesses anti-inflammatory and numbing effects that help reduce pain, itching, and discomfort during breastfeeding[9].

Q. Does Pudina help improve sterility in men and women?

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Enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Pudina in improving sterility in men and women.

Q. What are the benefits of drinking Pudina (mint) tea?

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Drinking Pudina (mint) tea is very beneficial for maintaining good health. It is a rich source of antioxidants that help fight against cell damage caused by free radicals thereby managing and preventing certain diseases. It can also be taken to manage digestive disorders due to its carminative property[2].

Q. How can I use Pudina for weight loss?

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Certain compounds present in Pudina might help reduce body weight[11].
You can use it in the following way:
1. Take water in a jar.
2. Add 5-6 mint leaves to the jar.
3. Refrigerate it overnight.
4. Keep sipping this water at various intervals during the next day.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Weight gain is the condition which occurs due to weak or poor digestion. This results in the formation and accumulation of toxins in the form of excessive fat or Ama. Pudina might help in the management of this condition due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestion) properties. It helps to digest the food properly and maintain the metabolic rate of your body thereby aiding weight weight. You can consume Pudina in your daily diet either in cooked vegetables or in the form of Chutneys or Pudina water.

Q. What are the benefits of Pudina for skin?

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Pudina is considered to be beneficial for managing skin problems such as acne, dermatitis, sores, itching and scabs. Pudina contains volatile oils that have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria and prevents skin problems[10].

Q. Is Pudina good for hair?

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Yes, Pudina might be good for hair as it stimulates hair growth when applied in the form of oil. Pudina oil might also help manage dandruff due to its antifungal property[12][13].
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Ayurvedic View
Hair problems like hair fall, dry hair, dandruff or itching might occur due to an imbalance of Vata and Kapha dosha. Pudina oil might help provide nourishment to the damaged hair and gives a shiny texture due to its Snigdha (oily) and Vata-Kapha balancing properties.
Tips:
Apply Pudina oil along with coconut oil for better results.

References

  1. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India. Part 1 Volume 1.
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  3. WebMD.Spearmint: Uses, Side effects, Doses, Interactions [Internet].Atlanta [last updated in 2016].
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  6. Vejdani R, Shalmani HR, Mir-Fattahi M, et alThe efficacy of an herbal medicine, Carmint, on the relief of abdominal pain and bloating in patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a pilot study. Dig Dis Sci. 2006;51(8):1501-1507.External Link
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  8. Herrlinger et al.Spearmint Extract Improves Working Memory in Men and Women with Age-Associated Memory Impairment. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.2018;24(1):37-47External Link
  9. Sayyah Melli, M., Rashidi, M. R., Delazar, A., et al. Effect of peppermint water on prevention of nipple cracks in lactating primiparous women: a randomized controlled trial. International breastfeeding journal, 200l;2:7:1-7.External Link
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