This is about mint, including its hormonal properties and use for breast enhancement.
The genus of Mint goes by the scientific name of Mentha. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family, and this family also goes by Labiatae or the mint family.
Mint is often suggested to have estrogenic properties, however, it appears to have androgenic attributes. A review noted that spearmint tea increased luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels, but it claimed that mint had neglible effect on total androgen levels. According to a study by Celik et al., peppermint is an aromatase inhibitor. A rise of LH levels subsequently raises androgens. Naturally, mint can raise estrogen levels, but this appears to be a result of it first raising androgen levels, and possibly its ability to resensitize aromatase responses if used in small amounts.
Based on anectodal evidence, mint appears to have androgenic properties. In small doses, mint increases estrogenic signs on the body. However, in larger doses, mint causes acne, increased menstrual heaviness, and hirsuitism symptoms. This suggests that in small doses, androgenic properties of mint sensitize aromatase conversion. This estrogenic response becomes limited with higher doses of mint.
Mint and breast enlargement
Mint should be taken in the smallest dosages always with equal parts in weight of lavender. The time to take mint is during menstrual phase to balance menstruation. Outside of menstrual phase, mint should be used rarely. Saw Palmetto can probably replace mint.
- Modulation of Aromatase by Phytoestrogens. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4699002/.
- An Update on Plant Derived Anti-Androgens. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3693613/.
- Wellness Mama. http://wellnessmama.com/26519/risks-essential-oils/.
- USDA Plant profile: Mentha. https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=MENTH.
- U.S. National Plant Germplasm System: Mentha. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomygenus.aspx?id=7464.
- U.S. National Plant Germplasm System: Lamiaceae. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomyfamily.aspx?id=619.