Spearmint is a perennial herb which grows naturally throughout Europe and has been brought over to the United States and Canada. It usually grows very easily in moist soil and sunny locations. It seems obvious but spearmint is just one of several varieties of the mint family of plants. It is one of the authentic mint varieties as they readily interbreed and there are a high number of hybrid plants. The plant includes a tall square stem which grows to about 60cm or two feet. The leaves are bright green with serrated edges and short stalks. The flowers bloom between June and August and are pink or lilac in colour and look in rings on the top of the stalks near the top leaves.
Spearmint is something that is used quite widely in products such as Chewing gum and you can also purchase spearmint teas from health food shops. However in the event that you would like to create your own remedies this can easily be carried out. You can harvest the leaves yourself and this needs to be carried out just as it comes into bloom on a teucrium fruticans. They ought to be chosen after the dew has gone before it is too warm. The leaves should be left on the stalks and wrapped in a dry room from sunlight so as to dry out; an airing cupboard would be a fantastic location. Below are some remedies you can consider:
- Infusion – this could be achieved very simply by bringing some water into the Boil and then adding the new mint leaves. Let it infuse for around 5 minutes and then strain and you also can add honey to taste.
- Tincture – put the leaves in a container and cover with alcohol then seal the container and leave in a cabinet for a couple weeks. Be certain to shake it several times per day. Following two weeks strain the mixture and place into a container for storage.
Spearmint has many of the same properties as peppermint that is a hybrid of spearmint and water mint. This means it can be very useful for gastrointestinal problems, colic and flatulence and so could be helpful for irritable bowel syndrome. Additionally spearmint can be useful in treating movement sickness, nausea and hiccups. It may also act as a diuretic and so could be Helpful for individuals that have suppressed or painful urination.
The high levels of Vitamins A and C which is seen in spearmint mean it may be helpful for Treating scurvy, improving vision and reducing night blindness. In studies on Animals it is been shown to possess properties which may protect against the grown of a number or tumours. Used externally it could be helpful for treating Itching, burns, insect bites, scabies and several other skin conditions.