Harnessing the Power of Herbs: Exploring the Health Benefits of Basil and Mint

When we think about the perks of cold-pressed juice, our mind usually jumps to fruits and vegetables. As we look into the world of holistic wellness, we cannot forget the unsung heroes of the garden: herbs. These little, unassuming leaves, which are often overlooked, are packed with nutrients, and minerals, and have benefits to the skin and body that we would not expect. In this post, we'll explore two common herbs—basil and mint—and uncover how much they can do for the body and mind. 

Basil:

Basil is an herb in the mint family that plays a role in Italian, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisines. It’s known for its distinctive smell and flavor, as well as its ability to brighten up our food. Yet, this delightful aroma provides numerous health benefits as well:

  1. Rich in Antioxidants: Basil is packed with antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body, reducing oxidative stress. A buildup of oxidative stress results in cell damage and can lead to chronic disease. Basil has both anthocyanin and beta carotene which helps to lower this risk. 
  2. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: The essential oils in basil have anti-inflammatory properties that work to reduce inflammation in the body. Commonly used for treating common colds, basil is helpful for improving nasal blockage. Furthermore, these anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to support skin health and improve skin hydration and wrinkles. 
  3. Supports Digestive Health: Basil can aid in digestion by helping to reduce bloating and gas. It also has antimicrobial properties that can help fight off harmful bacteria in the digestive system.
  4. Benefits Cardiovascular Health: Many findings have concluded that basil helps to manage blood pressure. This is due to the eugenol content found in sweet basil.
  5. Boosts Mental Health: Some studies have shown basil to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression, in addition to helping sleep and cognitive function. While additional testing is being done, some studies report similar results to antidepressant drugs. 

Our Recommendation: Radiance 

BeWell X Toastique created Radiance to be the drink of the summer, packed with antioxidants from citrus and mint. The basil helps to alleviate stress and anxiety, combined with pineapple and blood orange that fights inflammation. As summer is fast approaching, Radiance is the refreshing and vibrant juice you should be reaching for. 

Mint: 

Mint is part of the Lamiaceae family, which contains between 15-20 plant species like peppermint and spearmint. This herb is also popular for being a refreshing addition to some of your favorite foods and drinks. Let’s explore the various benefits behind this multi-use herb: 

  1. Improved Digestion: Mint has been used for centuries to aid digestion. It can help soothe an upset stomach, relieve indigestion, and reduce bloating and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  2. Relieves Respiratory Symptoms: Menthol, a compound found in mint, acts as a natural decongestant, making it effective in relieving respiratory symptoms like coughs and congestion. Menthol is commonly used for improving airflow in breathing, helping to provide relief to those affected by a cold.  
  3. Enhanced Cognitive Function: The aroma of mint has been shown through studies to enhance cognitive function, improve memory, increase focus, and heighten alertness. Conversely, mint has been shown to decrease levels of anxiety and fatigue. 
  4. Antioxidant Packed: Mint carries with it high levels of antioxidants and nutrients that protect the body from oxidative stress. Fiber, vitamin A, iron, manganese, and folate work together in supporting indigestion, relieving respiratory symptoms, and improving cognitive focus. 

 Our Recommendation: Metabolize  

Metabolize, the punchier sister to Radiance, is packed with antioxidants from jalapeños and mint, hydration from cucumbers and pineapple, and digestive support from green apples. Metabolize will keep you feeling hydrated, awakened, and feeling good. 

 

Herbs aren’t just there for garnish; they also offer a wide range of health benefits and flavors. Drinking cold-pressed juices with herbs can support your overall health and well-being, from improving digestion to boosting cognitive function. So, instead of fearing green-colored juices, embrace the subtle flavors and reap the rewards of these powerful herbs. Check out our product pages for more information on our offerings and delivery locations. Here’s to finding more ways to drink up more nutrients.