Mint is a lovely herb to use in cooking but did you know you can also use it in your juice? This month´s pear and mint juice recipe will help you to breathe easy. We combine the sweet taste of pear, with the fresh taste of mint, with apple, lemon and cucumber for a light and refreshing juice.
There are lots of different species of mint, and hundreds of varieties, including two of the most popular, peppermint and spearmint. Mint is widely used in many products. For example, most toothpastes are flavoured with mint, designed to leave a fresh taste in the mouth.
Health benefits of mint
Mint has many health benefits and has been used for centuries as a medicinal aid. Some of the health benefits include helping people who have asthma. Mint is said to be a relaxant and can relieve congestion. It is also said to help with hay fever and allergies – an extract from the mint leaves inhibits certain chemicals that cause irritation in your nose. Mint contains menthol, a natural aromatic decongestant, which researchers have found can help to ease congestion of the lungs and throat. Menthol can break up mucus, making it easier to get rid of. It has a soothing and cooling effect, which means it can help to reduce coughing caused by irritation in the throat or lungs.
Eating or drinking mint can also help with digestion. The digestive process starts with your nose recognising the smell of mint, which activates the salivary glands and releases digestive enzymes. It is also thought to help ease indigestion or tummy discomfort. We offer peppermint tea at the retreat, as it is helps to soothe bloating or wind.
Juicing tip: get the most juice from the mint, sandwich the mint leaves in between two pieces of apple or wrap it in a large lettuce leaf.
Pear and mint juice recipe
2cm unwaxed lemon
Remove any labels from the fruit and veggies, then wash everything beneath cold running water. Remove the skin from the lemon (you can leave it on if it an unwaxed version). To get the most from your mint, you can make a parcel (enclose the mint in a lettuce leaf). (Alternatively, you can sandwich the mint leaves in between two pieces of apple). Place all the fruit and veggies through the juicer. Wash your juicer and then enjoy your juice!
Juice detox retreat
Juicing delivers many health benefits to the body. Taking part in a juice detox for three days, or longer, can leave you feeling lighter and brighter. Enjoy juicing as part of your detox and weightloss retreat or just enjoy the occasional juice during your stay – it´s your holiday, your choice.
About the author
- Lisa is one of the founders of La Crisalida Retreats. She is an Epidemiologist, therapeutic hatha and yin yoga teacher and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Lisa has studied NLP and hypnosis, as well as nutrition (she designs the menus).