benefits of spearmint

The Benefits of Spearmint

The Benefits of Spearmint


Before there was a pharmacy on every corner, many people relied on herbs for the healing of ailments - this included everything from digestive upsets to heart problems. In fact, many of our modern pharmaceutical medicines are modeled after their previous herbal counterparts, such as aspirin (from willow bark), digoxin (from foxglove) and quinine (from chinchona bark), just to name a few. Most herbs contain antioxidants and/or anti inflammatories, and incorporating herbs into your daily life is a great way to improve your overall health. While certain herbs and herbal decoctions should be consumed under the care of a licensed herbalist or naturopath, herbal teas can be prepared at home and are an easy and safe way to introduce your body to the healing powers of herbs. 


Pharmaceutical companies still run large scale studies on the healing benefits of herbs in order to manufacture medicines that mimic their healing properties, but we’re of the belief that in the case of preventative medicine or minor ailments, obtaining healing directly from the source is best. That’s why we incorporate teas into our daily routine to aid in detoxification, antioxidant support, and digestive issues. One such tea is spearmint, and the benefits of spearmint include the relief of digestive upset, indigestion, headache, cramps, and even sore throat. It has also been shown to have antifungal properties, and is a potent antioxidant. 


Unlike its “spicy” cousin peppermint, spearmint has a milder and sweeter flavor. While both plants look very similar, spearmint’s leaves are pointier (hence the “spear” in its name), and while spearmint grows best in damp soil and partial shade, peppermint requires wet soil and full sunlight. Since peppermint contains significantly more menthol than spearmint (40% compared with spearmint’s .5%), its taste is much more intense and much more minty flavored. The taste of spearmint is mellow and almost fruity, which lends itself beautifully to a soothing cup of tea. 


Health Benefits of Spearmint


    • It relieves cramps: Spearmint’s anti-spasmodic properties make it beneficial not only for digestive upsets such as gas and irritable bowel syndrome, but also to soothe menstrual cramps. 
    • It regulates hormones: Interestingly, spearmint is also thought to help regulate female hormones and decrease androgen production, which can cause painful periods and issues such as poly-cystic ovary syndrome.  
  • It improves cognition: spearmint can help improve memory and concentration, and may assist with age-related cognitive issues. 
  • It is antibacterial: Have you ever wondered why so many toothpastes and mouthwashes are made with mint? It’s not just because of the zesty flavor! Spearmint has both antibacterial and antimicrobial properties making it perfect to help fight dental infections and bad breath. 
  • It aids digestion: While both spearmint and peppermint are helpful to aid digestion, spearmint is often preferred as a digestive enzyme because it’s more soothing to the stomach after eating, while peppermint can be more stimulating. 
  • It helps regulate blood pressure and blood sugar: Spearmint contains (-)-carvone, which has been shown in studies to mimic the compounds found in blood pressure medication. Some studies on rats have also shown that spearmint was effective in regulating blood sugar, though the same studies have not been performed on humans. 

  • How to Prepare Spearmint Tea


    While tea can certainly be consumed “on the go”, we like to take our time and really savor it. That’s why we include directions for a “soothe” tea ritual with our organic spearmint tea


    When you’re preparing to consume your spearmint tea, we recommend setting aside some time to really enjoy it. There is something incredibly relaxing about a hot cup of tea, and allowing yourself to slow down and really savor the moment helps you enjoy not only the healing benefits of spearmint, but the soothing benefits of a tea ritual in general. While spearmint tea has a host of physical health benefits, a tea ritual can do wonders for mental health as well. It’s so important to slow down and take time for ourselves in this increasingly busy and hectic world. Incorporating tea rituals into your daily routine is an inexpensive and easy way to slow down and focus on self care. 


    Prepare your spearmint tea by combining 1 tbsp of dried spearmint leaves with hot water, and steeping for 3-5 minutes. Allow your hands to be warmed by the mug of tea and your breathing to slow and appreciate the aroma of the spearmint. If you’re drinking spearmint tea to assist with hormonal issues, it’s recommended to drink at least 2 cups of spearmint tea daily for a month to notice a difference. In the warmer months, you can also brew spearmint as a refreshing iced tea. 


    Communiteas - Teas on a Mission 


    We believe in the ability of teas to heal your body, mind, and soul. The healing properties of teas and tea rituals go back hundreds if not thousands of years. But sometimes our fast-paced modern world causes us to forget the wisdom of past generations and this is to our detriment. At the same time, reconnecting with those practices really can be quite simple, as simple as preparing a warm cup of tea. Our aim is to help you connect on a deeper level with your own physical and mental health, and to connect socially with those around you in a meaningful way. The world can be overwhelming. Taking care of yourself (and others) can be overwhelming. Brewing a cup of tea is simple. And our goal is to make self care simple too. 

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