Peppermint or lath. Menthapiperita, Eng. peppermint. Is there anyone who does not know this herb? It is one of the oldest medicinal plants and has been used since ancient times in ancient China and Japan.
And why do I ask about mint?
Because you go to Podbanské to “escape” from the urban reality and relax in the heart of the Tatra nature, that’s why we planted a herb garden for you opposite the main hotel entrance. For this is the place where you forget the worries of everyday life. When you stop, turn off the phone and your mind and experience what true relaxation is.
On the terrace you will find a wooden wall with just a few kinds of this “miraculous” herb, which our bartenders will make you a tea or a delicious Mojito. It sounds amazing, right?
And where did this herb come from?
Greek mythology tells us that its origins can be attributed to the underworld god Hades, who fell in love with the Mentha nymph and turned it into an herb to be valued and admired by humanity forever. Whether you believe it or not, in any case this dull herb has a huge amount of healing effects.
What are you asking?
Records of the medical use of peppermint oil are more than 3000 years old, the writings were reported to have been found in some Egyptian pyramids.
Its range of applications is very wide, ranging from healthcare, food industry, liquor and confectionery to common kitchen applications.
Internally, mint is applied to all kinds of stomach problems – relieves cramps, improves nausea, stops vomiting, cures flatulence, helps with anorexia. Promotes the excretion of bile, suppresses pain caused by irritated gallbladder and gallstones.
It is an excellent aid in colds, coughs, sinusitis, bronchitis and fever. It strengthens the nervous system and has mild aphrodisiac effects.
It is also very effective in combination with other herbs (lime, savory, rosemary, chamomile) and by adding it to tea blends will enhance the taste of each tea.
In the form of decoction, it is excellent for rinsing the oral cavity with toothache, gums and for suppressing bad breath.
Because of its antibacterial effect, it is recommended to inhale in inflammation of the nasal cavity. Fresh mint leaves may be added to form a refreshing bath.
It has its irreplaceable place in cosmetics. It is part of many toothpastes and mouthwashes, skin and cleansing tonics, soaps, shower gels, body creams and lip balms. Its effect is always dependent on the amount used (concentration).
Did you know that this refreshing herb has an anti-inflammatory effect, has the ability to tonicate and contract pores? Amazing, isn’t it?
It is very suitable especially in summer, soothes sunburned skin, it is highly appreciated even in excessive sweating.
And that there is only one kind of mint? Wrong. There are innumerable numbers. The most used medicinally is peppermint and spearmint (curly).
Did you know that one of the types of mint is oregano and basil, which in the kitchen must not be missing?
Other less well known are sweet pear, banana, strawberry, chocolate, mandarin, ginger or pineapple, which are mostly used in confectionery or for drinks.
We believe that you will come to our garden to relax and at the same time try to count how many types of mint we have planted in the garden and in the wall.