One of the best and most popular herb worldwide is “spearmint”, known for its soothing and calming effects, an herb which can be consumed at any time of day and treats many ailments.
Spearmint (Mentha Spicata) is the mint that is normally grown in gardens, pastures, patios and mostly in damp areas.
A perennial herb native to Europe and Southwest Asia, spearmint is known for its sweet aroma and delicious taste, a tea so nutritious and tasty it will calm your nerves.
A member of the Lamiaceae family, spearmint is packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and anti-fungal properties, the leaves of this wonderful herb contains an essential oil called menthol, this powerful herb is low in calories and is free of cholesterol.
Spearmint is an ingredient that is popularly found in a variety of products like soaps, ever wondered why your toothpaste tastes a bit harsh? That’s because of spearmint, it is used to flavour juices, chewing gums, mouthwash, cosmetics, candies, health food products and is consumed around the world as tea.
A hot or warm cup of spearmint tea is normally used to treat stomach ache, nausea and vomiting especially in pregnant women, hiccups, studies have also shown that consumption of the tea reduces unwanted hair like on the chest, stomach, face and breast in women because it contains anti-androgenic properties, this problem is normally associated with PCOS in women and a main cause of infertility.
An extract of this amazing herb is used to treat stress, asthma, sore throat, diarrhea, arthritis, menstrual problems, bronchitis fatigue, regular consumption treats halitosis (bad breath), it is given to infants to treat colic.
Spearmint can be described as having dark-green toothed leaves with serrated edges terminating in a spike with distinct veins with clusters of small pink, white or kind of purple flowers.
It has been used for thousands of years because of its medicinal uses, it was even mentioned in the ancient biblical text as a remedy for headaches, it was even used in European medicine to improve memory.
Spearmint can strengthen the immune system thus protecting the body from the common cold and influenza (flu), motion sickness, so know wonder people who travel normally stock up on ice-mint, the popular candy made with spearmint. The oil from the spearmint (menthol) is used for this purpose, it is also used in teeth whiteners.
Spearmint can be planted in your own garden or bought in tea bags at your local supermarkets.