Brazilian mint, also known as hyptis crenata, has long been used by traditional healers to treat ailments such as the flu, stomach problems, high fevers, and headaches.
But now a study by English (yes, of course English) researchers at Newcastle University, led by Graciela Rocha, has proven scientifically that Brazilian mint is a safe and powerful pain reliever.
In experiments with mice, the study found that Brazilian mint tea was as effective as some synthetic drugs such as Indometacin, a synthetic drug similar to aspirin. “Now the next step is to find out how and why the plant works,” said Rocha.
Rocha and her colleagues plan to launch clinical trials to assess Brazilian mint’s pain relief qualities in people.