By Valerie Lull MH
Spearmint is well known in folklore as a remedy for colds and sore throats, inflammation, hormonal, circulation problems, nausea, headaches, acne, and perhaps most popularly for digestive problems. It is also the flavor of a popular chewing gum. Digestion problems include flatulence, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, increased bile production, and cramping .(2)
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of research on Spearmint. Most web sites about spearmint cite peppermint studies. I did find a few studies on spearmint, but not about digestion. According to one study Spearmint essential oil is anti fungal.(3) Another study investigated hirsutism (excess hair growth) in women and found it helpful for the mild form of the disease.(4)
Peppermint tea is a delicious way to use this remedy. Some folks just chew the leaves. It is easy to grow and you can grow it indoors. You can buy spearmint tea online or at a tea specialty shop. You can grow your own if you want it fresh. Leaves fresh from the garden have more flavor than the dried leaves. Below is a recipe.
1 oz. dried herbs or 2 oz. fresh
1 pint of boiling water
Pour the water into a saucepan. Do not use an aluminum pan. If you are using fresh leaves be sure to rinse them off well. Add the leaves to the sauce pan and simmer about 10 minutes. Strain out the leaves. Let it cool a few minutes then serve.
Spearmint tea can be bought in bags if you prefer them for convenience.
(1) Castleman, Michael, The New Healing Herbs, 2009, Rodale, p. 368-371
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