Next time you reach for a sprig of parsley to decorate your favorite dish, consider this…mint offers a ton of beneficial properties, aside from freshening your breath. Mint is much more complex than just an ice cream flavor or pretty garnish — it  belongs to a large family of over 30 species, the most common being peppermint and spearmint. Let’s just take a minute to honor this little herb and all that it does for us.

Chew on this: Mint promotes proper digestion. It also soothes the stomach in cases of indigestion and inflammation. The aroma of mint activates the saliva glands, which secrete digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion.

Ease an ache: The strong and refreshing scent of mint works as a quick remedy for nausea. Balms and oils based on mint, or mint oil, quickly relieve headaches when rubbed on the forehead and nose.

Keep clear (skin): While mint oil is a good antiseptic and antipruritic, mint juice acts as an excellent skin cleanser, soothing the skin, curing infections and itching.  Mint is also good for fighting and preventing pimples. Take that, acne!

Breathe easy: The strong smell of mint is very effective in opening up congested noses, throats, bronchi and lungs.  It cools and soothes respiratory channels and eases coughing as well.

There you have it, the mighty mint, a small green leaf that gives us naturally kissable breath while keeping our bodies in check, meaning your next mojito will be guilt-free.