Imagine breathing in the waft of vapors coming off a waterfall, or a sweet breeze dampened by a morning dew. That fresh air is Bo He, or what you call - mint. A common herb with not so uncommon health benefits, mint is an important ingredient in Xiao Yao San or Xiao Yao Wan, traditional Chinese formulas for emotional stabilization. Mint not only has a myriad of nourishing properties, but also about 500 varieties all over the world.
Origins and Form
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bo He occupies a significant place. It has a tremendous ability to regulate your Qi (energy), thanks to its healing and anti-bacterial power. It is a perennial herb found in many parts of the world, with equally many cultures incorporating it into cooking and healing. The lush green leaves are often dried to make medicinal powders, teas, and oils.
Cool Off With Bo He
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, mint is known for its cooling properties. With a refreshing yet pungent aroma and a strong flavorful taste, it can fight off excessive heat and toxic qi-blocking wind. Additionally, it has been proven to serve as a coolant for the liver, consequently improving its function and health. It can provide gastrointestinal, menstrual, and digestive strength, and its wind-expelling and heat- reducing properties also address headaches, vertigo, and “cloudiness” in the mind.
But, Mint for the Mind?
Absolutely! Mint is known not just to expel wind-heat energy, but also recharge stressed or overly worked nerves. Thanks to its cooling properties, therapeutic aroma, strong flavor, and phytonutrients, it works as an instant refresh.
Recent studies have shown mint to positively affect cognitive abilities, memory, and problem solving. In TCM philosophy, the herb has been associated with restoring mental and emotional balance, which is why it’s an essential ingredient in our Free & Easy Wanderer blend, Emotional Balance.