Most people think of gum, candy, or toothpaste when mint is mentioned, but this plant is actually quite versatile, and can add great flavor to a beverage or dish. Mint plants also have a strong antioxidant known as rosmarinic acid, which can be effective in alleviating the symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Mint can soothe indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome, and its anti-inflammatory properties can provide some pain relief. Mint oil can also calm and soothe skin which has reacted to insect bites or other skin insults. Many of you are also aware that the menthol which is found in mint serves as a natural decongestant, a wonderful feature when you are struggling with the symptoms of a cold.

One of my favorite ways to drink water is to add mint leaves and sliced lime for a refreshing, tasty, and calorie free beverage. Fortunately, I live near a grocery store which sells huge bunches of mint leaves for a very reasonable price. That means I can have mint with my water every day if I want, without incurring a huge expense on the herb. For those of you who don’t want to buy mint leaves at the store, you can grow mint plants pretty easily in a pot near a windowsill.


I was fortunate enough to stop by the TUFMED booth while at Olympia last week, albeit under challenging circumstances. I had stopped by the booth in desperation because I needed to find some sort of topical muscle relief for poor, injured Ian Lauer. So I was surprised when I discovered that this amazing line of products is formulated with natural ingredients and is colorless and odorless.

Here is their statement on their home page:

TUFMED is an American athletic biotechnology company that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes natural health care products made specifically for athletes. TUFMED products are odorless, colorless, greaseless, and do not contain ingredients that may harm an athlete or get him/her disqualified in competition.

I ended up getting the TUFRELIEF Cream, and am happy to report that Ian responded very well and very quickly. He had sustained a severe quad strain, but was walking normally after 48 hours. We were very aggressive with the application of ice, moist heat, and intake of high dose ibuprofen, but I am convinced that TUFRELIEF played a large part in Ian’s rapid recovery. Bravo TUFMED!

TUFRELIEFHere’s the description of TUFRELIEF:

At TUFMED we believe a healthy human body has the ability to heal itself when provided the proper natural nutrients. TUFRELIEF cream is formulated using natural ingredients to work in harmony with your body and enable healthy natural recovery.

Apply TUFRELIEF muscle & joint cream immediately to the discomforted area. Continue applying TUFRELIEF muscle & joint cream at least 3 times per day until satisfied.

Purified Water, Organic BiAloe, Bowellia Serrata, MSM, Arnica, Safflower Oil, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Vegetable Glycerin, CaprylicTriglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Coconut Oil, Apricot Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Comfrey, Cayenne, Phenoxyethanol, Sweet Almond Oil, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lactate, L-Aspartic Acid, Glutimic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-Threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine, Ethylhexylglycerin

Here are all the products which TUFMED carries:


Be sure to check them out!