Spearmint

Spearmint

You will typically find two different types of mint in herbal teas, the stronger tasting peppermint and the milder more calming spearmint which we use here at Kaiyurveda. Spearmint now grows all over the world and you may even have some growing in your garden. There are even mentions of using spearmint in toothpaste in the 1300’s, who knew there was toothpaste in the 1300’s!?

You may be accustomed to using spearmint in chewing gum but it also makes for a refreshing and healthful tea. Primarily used for thousands of years to help with indigestion, nausea, stomach upset, vomiting, and gas, its medicinal and beneficial properties run deep. 

As with most of the ingredients used by our company, spearmint is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are essentially disease fighting molecules which help you feel better and detoxify your bloodstream. 

Spearmint is used in chewing gums for good reason, it fights the bacteria that cause bad breath and is also refreshing and tastes great. It may help reduce toothache and sore throats and even fight cramps. The mouth isn’t the only place where it exhibits antibacterial and antimicrobial characteristics, it has also been shown to break down foodborne bacteria such as Listeria and E. Coli.

When used in a tea, spearmint is naturally calming and has been shown to reduce stress and improve memory and learning. It contains Menthol which has a sedative effect on the body aiding people who have insomnia. 

Studies have shown to benefit arthritis sufferers by reducing pain when consuming spearmint tea twice daily which also reduced stiffness and increased mobility in the study group. Animal studies have shown spearmint as an agent that helps lower blood sugar levels. 

In women with hormonal imbalances, spearmint is especially beneficial in reducing hirsutism, excessive testosterone levels, and at the same time increase female hormones necessary for ovulation, such as luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol.

Taste

Mild mint, slight spice, citrus, and pepper.

Side Effects

None unless used in very large amounts.

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