Spearmint, also known as garden mint, is a species of mint native to much of Europe and Asia. Its name comes from its spear-shaped leaves. An herbaceous, perennial, flowering plant, spearmint is refreshing and mellow with an undertone of lemon. Spearmint leaves can be used fresh, dried or frozen, or preserved in salt, sugar, syrup, alcohol or oil. Spearmint leaves are most commonly used to flavor tea, mixed drinks and chewing gum. They can also be minced and included in a watermelon salad, Vietnamese spring rolls or as a dessert garnish. In the U.S., Greece and the Middle East, spearmint jelly often accompanies lamb and other savory dishes.
Spearmint leaves and oil are used to make medicine. Spearmint essential oil is multi-purpose and is used to soothe ailments such as skin problems, headaches, nausea, vomiting, respiratory issues and cold symptoms. It is considered the “gentler mint oil” as its scent is softer and its effects are milder than peppermint.
Benefits of Spearmint
Some research suggests Spearmint may have the following benefits:
- Digestive Health