|Horsemint Quick Facts|
|Scientific Name:||Mentha longifolia|
- Leaves and seeds are consumed raw or cooked.
- It is used as a flavoring for salads, cooked foods and chutneys.
- Leaves are used to make herbal tea.
- The essential oil obtained from leaves and flowering tops are used to flavor sweets.
- Flowering stems and leaves act as antispasmodic, antiasthmatic, stimulant and carminative.
- Tea made from leaves is used for treating headaches, fevers and digestive disorders.
- Native American Indian tribes use horsemint to treat nausea and vomiting and also to encourage perspiration during colds.
- Apply it externally as a poultice for treating swellings as well as rheumatic pains.
- Infusion made from leaves is used for treating flatulence, indigestion, nausea and catarrh in upper respiratory tract.
- Apply the poultice to lower pain of arthritic joints by promoting flow of blood in area.
- Use it internally for measles, rheumatism, colds and stomach pains.
- Apply the poultice made from mashed leaves to cure swellings.