Most people don’t realize their favorite mint-flavored treats are most likely flavored by spearmint and not peppermint. Peppermint contains significant cooling properties and is a much more intense flavor, so spearmint is typically chosen for culinary preparations. Use of spearmint has been documented back to the ancient Egyptians both medically and in foods. Herbalists use spearmint in a variety of forms including capsules, essential oils, teas, tinctures, and more. Spearmint is best known for its ability to alleviate bad breath but has a number of other herbal uses.
- Bad Breath
- Sore Gums
- Upset Stomach
- Excess Breast Milk
Spearmint is an extremely easy plant to grow and quite hardy. Belonging to the same family as peppermint, mint plants thrive in partial shade to full sun and will grow in nearly any soil as long as they are watered regularly. The aroma of mint will fill your garden and the beautiful flowers attract insects and repel pests. Spearmint has a less intense aroma than peppermint and the leaves have a more wrinkled appearance. Many gardeners prefer to plant mint in containers as it tends to sprawl and will overtake your garden if given a chance. Mint also grows well indoors.
Did you know spearmint was used in culinary and herbal preparations?