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Spearmint Leaf, organic c/s

  • Spearmint Leaf, organic c/s
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Product Description

Spearmint Leaf, organic c/s

Mentha spicata

Origin: USA
Form: Cut and sifted
Unit size: 1 ounce
Other names:  garden mint, common mint, lamb mint, fish mint, mackerel mint
Esoteric Uses: Health, travel, mental powers
Esoteric Associations: Mercury, Air
Incense Aroma: something like a minty taco

Spearmint is an aromatic herb found throughout European cuisine since Roman times. It is native to Central Europe but it is now found throughout North America, having been introduced there by the earliest immigrants in the late 1500's. High in Vitimnin C, it was used to prevent and treat scurvy.

Spearmint leaf is a popular addition to tea blends, where it lends a minty and slightly sweet flavor. Spearmint leaf is also used to make tinctures and syrups to flavor baked goods, confections, cocktails and other beverages. Although spearmint is commonly brewed into hot tea, it is also a key ingredient in sweet tea, a favorite beverage served cold in the southern U.S.  The familiar scent of Spearmint is released from the leaves when they are crushed. Mentha spicata tea is widely used in cooking, and might be found as an ingredient in ethnic dishes such as Greek Stuffed Grape leaves, where it is used to flavor the rice and meat filling. It is also fantastic added to Tunisian Chickpea Soup as a bright contrasting flavoring to the hearty garbanzo beans.

When made into a tea or infusion, Spearmint can relieve a wide range of ailments, including nausea, hiccups, flatulence and motion sickness. It has also been found to help with the more severe symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and to act as a diuretic for sufferers of urinary complaints.  Spearmint has long been used for a variety of stomach and bowel complaints, as it tends to increase bile production in the stomach and aid digestion. This is the historical reason for the after-dinner mint!

Another popular use for Spearmint is for expectant mothers, as a mild remedy for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It has also been used to treat hirsutism in women – an imbalance of testosterone that manifests in an abnormal, masculine hair growth.

Any information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.

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