Spearmint Herb - Herbal Tea
Spearmint, an obvious member of the mint family is thought to be native to Europe and China; however, due to it being naturalized now nearly world wide the exact origins are unknown. Spearmint produces slender pink or white flowers and the aromatic leaves actually lose their aroma after the flowers bloom.
Spearmint oil is often used in candies and toothpaste, shampoos and soaps as well as in herbal remedies. Traditionally Spearmint oil was used to scent bath water and as a means to awaken the senses; today Spearmint oil is used in smelling salts.
Herbal Tea Recipe
Spearmint tea is prepared by steeping 1 ounce of dried herb in 1 pint of boiling water for 10 minutes.
Spearmint Uses & Herbal Remedies
Spearmint tea Benefits
Spearmint tea uses are very similar to that of Peppermint; however, Spearmint tea is milder and not used as much; however, due to the milder nature Spearmint is often used for children.
Sprigs of Spearmint or mint jelly are served with lamb and Spearmint is used most often in this and other culinary ways.
Spearmint has traditionally been used as a means to sooth and upset stomach when taken as a tea or in a confectionary mint, is cooling to the skin and can be added to salves, creams and shampoos for a fresh scent and refreshing coolness.
Although both are part of the mint family Spearmint is at times confused with Pennyroyal; however, they are very different plants and Pennyroyal has more cautions associated with its use.
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