Spearmint (Mentha spicata) medicinal herb is a plant that is native to Europe and Southwest Asia and it is a great perennial plant. It spreads rapidly and adds great natural fragrance to any herb garden. I can tell you that the fragrance is very strong indeed.
It is an aromatic herb of the mint family or the Lamiaceae family and the common garden mint is widely used for culinary and medicinal purposes. It is a north temperate plant of the genus Mentha with aromatic leaves.
The main parts used for medicine are the leaves and essential oil. The medicinal properties
are stimulant, analgesic, nervine, refrigerant, antifungal, febrifuge,
astringent, antioxidant, digestive, aromatic, sedative, insecticidal and
Some of the common names are Bergamot mint, Brown mint, Mint, Corn mint, Garden mint, Lamb mint, Spear mint, Mentha spicata, Mackerel mint, Our lady's mint, Wild mint, Field mint, Marsh mint, Wild mint and Sage of Bethlehem.
The constituents are vitamin A and B, essential oil, menthol, folate, carvone, limonene, citronellol, monoterpene and carene.
This medicinal herb is an excellent remedy for gas, colic in both adults and children, indigestion and fever. It is also good for upper respiratory tract infections in children. Drop the oil on your pillow and it will help to alleviate snoring.
This plant has clusters of small purplish flowers which yields an aromatic oil. The carminative oil is great for massage and can also be placed in a bath which can help in the relief of migraines, stress, sinusitis, tiredness, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), asthma, bronchitis, nervous conditions and to relieve itching of the skin.
It is steeped as a herbal tea for the treatment of stomach ache which is very effective. Many individuals can testified of this fact. it is really good for stomach complaints. It treats the stomach very kindly just like peppermint medicinal herb. If you feel nauseous and fainty, then it will alleviate these feelings in no time. I have tested and proven it. It would do everyone good to possess spear mint as home remedy for all these complaints.
It is not only used as an essential oil, but it is also used as a flavoring in chewing gums, confectionery, toothpaste and it is an ingredient in several mixed drinks. This herb is also added to shampoos and soaps. The oil from it consists of R-(-)-Carvone, giving this herb its specific smell or odor.
to treat bad breath and that is also one of the reasons why so many
individuals use it. Due to its antibacterial properties, it is a very
good choice for oral hygiene. You may use the essential oil to rub
around the gums to alleviate bad breath. It will burn a little but will
leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh. Peppermint may also be used
in this manner.
It possesses excellent antioxidant activity and because of this antioxidant activity spearmint is widely used as a spice for lamb in Indian cuisine.
Whether fresh or dried, steep desired amount ( a small sprig with leaves will do) of the herb in container, preferably a tea pot, and pour boiling water on it. Allow to steep three to four minutes and then sweetened the tea if you so desire. Three to four cups per day of spearmint tea is recommended.