Mentha spicata, or spearmint, is a very aromatic plant first grown in the Mediterranean. Its bright green color, pointed leaves, and lavender flowers distinguish it from other mint plants. The active ingredients in spearmint are Mint L-Carvone and Limonene, with the leaves being used for its menthol and flavonoid. The medicinal uses of spearmint have made it a popular plant to grow in Europe and America.
- Digestive aid: Spearmint tea has been used for its soothing comfort to many digestive issues, including diarrhea, gas, indigestion, IBS, morning sickness, and gallbladder problems.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Spearmint is helpful in soothing sore throats and other upper respiratory illnesses.
- Heart health: Spearmint contains potassium, which helps reduce your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
- Hormone balance: Excessive androgen in women is responsible for many issues, unwanted hair growth, stress, and breast soreness, just to name a few. Spearmint tea helps to optimize and balance those hormones.
- Anti-Bacterial: It is used in mouthwashes to keep harmful bacteria at a minimum, creating a better environment in the mouth for healthy teeth.
- Poultice: Ground up and used as a poultice, it takes the discomfort out of lumps, bumps, and bruises.
- Undesirables: Because rodents and insects do not like the smell of mint, it is a natural way to keep these pests away.
Herbs can be a great benefit in the home when used with knowledge and wisdom. Remember, they are not to be used in a health crisis, that’s what doctors and 911 are for. However, they are great enhancers. When you have put other lifestyle changes in place, herbs can help optimize your health.