A cup of mint tea could be as effective as an aspirin for pain relief, according to scientists.
Research showed that the herb Hyptis crenata, known as Brazilian mint, reduced pain as much as a soluble form of the conventional painkiller. In Brazil, the plant has traditionally been used to treat mild pain, including headache, stomach ache, fevers and menstrual pain. Until now, it had never been subjected to scientific testing.
The study was presented at the Second International Symposium on Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants in New Delhi. Researchers plan to carry out further studies to determine which pharmacological compounds in the plant give it its painkilling properties.