Spearmint is one of the most fragrant herbs in the mint family. It has been cultivated and used in food and drink preparations for centuries. We are all familiar with cool refreshing aroma and taste of this green herb, but the holistic benefits here go well beyond pleasant taste and scent. Surprisingly this plant offers very rich vitamin and mineral content. Among very significant vitamins we will find Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin B6 and a variety of other nutrients and elements such as menthol responsible for its minty flavour and essential oils.
With such rich content of various micro-nutrients, vitamins, oils, and anti-bacterial agents, it becomes more apparent why this herb worked so well in both kitchen and medicine cabinets of our ancestors. Teas made with spearmint herb also naturally contain no caffeine, so such drinks won’t disrupt your sleep or destroy Vitamin C.
Carvone in its natural form in spearmint has been shown to inhibit contractions in the digestive tract which can explain why this herb helps relieve digestive problems. Spearmint contains antioxidants including rosmarinic acid, flavones, flavanones, limonene, menthol. Spearmint contains proven antibacterial and antimicrobial agents which help reduce bad breath and work against bacterial causing food-borne illnesses, including E. coli and Listeria.
And of course Spearmint is incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet in the form of refreshing tea. Either fresh or dried leaves can be used to prepare aromatic mint tea to help you both refresh and rejuvenate.