Spearmint Refreshing and Healthy. Also known as Fish Mint, Garden Mint,green mint or menthe verte. Mentha spicata syn. Mentha viridis. Plant Family: Lamiaceae. Mint is a hardy herbaceous perennial, native to Europe and southwest Asia. Mint has a variety of uses in both sweet and savoury dishes; it is a common flavouring in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking where it is used in salads, teas, chutneys, relishes and sauces. Mint has a distinctive, refreshing flavour that is particularly pleasant in summer drinks, soups and salads, and classic mint sauce.
- Good for Digestive Upsets. Spearmint is commonly used to help relieve symptoms of indigestion, nausea, vomiting and gas
- High in Antioxidants
- May Aid Women With Hormone Imbalances
- May Reduce Facial Hair in Women
- May Improve Memory
- Fights Bacterial Infections
- May Lower Blood Sugar
- May Help Reduce Stress.
Spearmint has a pleasantly sweet taste and is frequently used to flavor toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum and candy. One common way to enjoy this herb is brewed into a tea, which can be made from either fresh or dried leaves. It has no caffeine but is naturally invigorating due to it’s flavor and natural “chill” from the menthol, making it perfect for a good start in the morning or an afternoon pick-me-up. This lack of caffeine also makes it perfect for an evening or pre-bedtime tea. It’s also great for after meals to aid digestion. It helps to sooth upset tummies and calm nausea as well. Mint tea also helps many pregnant women, especially helping with morning sickness during the first trimester. Please, please ask your midwife or GP before using if pregnant or breast feeding. ALWAYS thoroughly research any new herb you are thinking of using and if taking prescribed drugs have a chat to your GP first. Measure about one tablespoon per cup (if the leaves are pretty much whole) or one teaspoon per cup (if the leaves are broken up a lot) and steep in freshly boiled water for five to ten minutes. Strain and if required add a teaspoon of honey and a slice of lemon.
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