Spearmint (Latin name: Mentha Spicata) belongs to the Lamiaceae family. It is found in Europe and South Africa. It is a perennial plant that blooms from August to September, while its seeds ripen from September to October. The leaves of the plant should be collected when the plant is ready to bloom and then dried for later use. It is used in cooking, but also in the form of a drink.
Spearmint’s Health Benefits and Uses
In folk medicine, the drink from the leaves of spearmint was used to treat fever, headaches, and digestive problems. It has phenolic compounds that explain its strong antioxidant activity and to some extent anti-cancer effect, as it binds free radicals that cause mutations in the human body. It is also used as a memory tonic. It relieves the symptoms of colds and general respiratory infections.
It is also no coincidence that it is also used in cooking. In addition to its flavor, it also helps with stomach problems such as stomach aches and gastroesophageal reflux disease by improving digestion. Finally, it protects oral hygiene due to its anti-microbial action and fights bad breath.
Caution! Spearmint in large doses can be toxic to the kidneys and liver. Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.