Spearmint is not mentioned as often as other medicinal herbs, but it deserves respect due to the healing properties it possesses. This mint acts as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, antifungal and disinfectant. It relaxes intestines and the muscles of the abdominal wall, calms the nerves and helps with blood circulation. Spearmint contains vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C, folates, vitamin B-6, riboflavin and thiamin.
According to Be Well Buzz, "Spearmint is a good source of minerals such as potassium, manganese, magnesium, iron as well as calcium."
The menthol in spearmint is minute compared with that of peppermint. Many people prefer spearmint because it isn't as strongly flavored or scented as peppermint. The essential oil of the plant is used in many products that people use every day. It is found in hand lotions, soaps, mouthwash, toothpaste and other grooming products.
Spearmint is also used in aromatherapy because it has the power to relax and calm the nerves. Use a few drops of the essential oil in distilled water to mist a room or on a cotton ball in a potpourri burner.
Natural medicine is made by adding fresh mint to vodka and allowing it to steep for up to ten days before straining. The mint can also be steeped in extra-virgin olive or grapeseed oils for two weeks. The oil is used to make homemade soaps, lotions and conditioners.
Growing spearmint is as easy as growing any mint. It can be aggressive, so it is best to plant spearmint where it can take over or contain it inside a large pot.
Pick the mint in early morning and hang together in bunches over a paper bag to dry. Use the dried mint for teas or for extracting essential oils. Give this natural medicine a try for digestive issues, especially for the relief of excess gas.