Spearmint

Botanical name

Mentha spicata

Common Names

Spearmint

Description

A member of the mint family with a fragrant odour and pleasant, fresh taste.

Part supplied

The herb.

Food Use

Traditionally drunk as a tea and also added as a flavouring in many applications from drinks to chewing gum to toothpaste.

Recipes

Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.

Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.

The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.

Medicinal Use

Calming. Soothes a nervous or colicky stomach in adults and children. Helps reduce nausea and intensifies the action of ginger (Zingiber). Helpful for neuralgia and headaches.

Key actions: Inhibits testosterone, increases LH and FSH, restores follicular development in ovarian tissue.

In clinic: Often used in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and hirsuitism. Also as an adjunct in anorexia nervosa with nausea, vomiting and dyspepsia. Renal calculi.

If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.

Directions

Infusion: 1 teaspoon of herb to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

Decoction: 1 teaspoon of herb to a cup of cold water, bring to the boil and leave to sit for 15 minutes. Or steep 1 teaspoon bark in cold water overnight. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

Tincture: Take 5 ml (1:3 tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.

Fluid extract: 1:1 25%. Take 3.5 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.

Dried Herb: Maximum of 5g three times per day may be taken as a tea.

Other Uses

Cosmetic Use

Often used as a flavouring in toothpaste and as a fragrance in bath and shower products.

Other Uses

Used in vapour rubs and inhalants for nasal catarrh and in ointments to cool haemorrhoids.

Cautions

Contraindications

This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family. Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.

Side effects

None known. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.

Interactions with drugs

Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.

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Recipes

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Research

Read the latest PubMed research on this herb.

Sadeghi Ataabadi, M., Alaee, S., Bagheri, M. J., & Bahmanpoor, S. (2017). Role of essential oil of Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) in addressing reverse hormonal and folliculogenesis disturbances in a Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in a rat modelAdvanced pharmaceutical bulletin, 7(4), 651–654. doi:10.15171/apb.2017.078

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