Parts used medicinally: Leaves
Spearmint is a part of the mint family and so related to both peppermint and lemon balm. It is less well known than peppermint and not used as much by herbalist but this little plant still packs a host of benefits.
Spearmint is the lesser known cousin of peppermint, but funnily enough is sometimes referred to as the mother of all mints. This is because it is the oldest known mint in the family, from which other plants like peppermint came from. In flavour, it is slightly milder than peppermint and has a sweeter taste, which makes it perfect for children or for those who may find peppermint too pungent.
Spearmint is a great companion for the digestive system. It can be taken before a meal to stimulate a healthy appetite or taken after a meal to help with any bloating and flatulence. Combined with lemon balm, it makes an excellent remedy for calming a nervous stomach. If you tend to be overcome with nausea, then spearmint and ginger infusion offers great help.
The flavour is popular in such things as mints, chewing gum, toothpaste and mouthwash. Like peppermint it is both cooling and refreshing, perfect for a hot summers day especially when you might be feeling drained from the heat.
Did you Know?
- Spearmint and other mints are very effective at reducing unwanted pests such as mice and other insects.
- Spearmint contains a far less concentration of menthol, making it milder in both taste and aroma.
Spearmint and Me
- Try making a spearmint & lemon balm iced tea to wind down and cool down after a long summers day. Make a strong infusion from fresh or dried spearmint and lemon balm leaves, add some honey and store in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight. Strain, then add some fresh lemon slices and serve with some ice.
If you are pregnant/breastfeeding or on drug medication, be sure to consult with a professional before trying these remedies.