Very fragrant, spreading herb. Mints are one of the most widely used of all aromatic herbs. Popular in desserts, beverages, candies, gum, ice cream and of course, afterdinner mints.
The pleasing flavor of spearmint helps with indigestion. Studies have found it to be a remedy for irritable bowel syndrome. Menthol is the main component of mint and has been proven to kill bacteria and viruses living in the stomach. Clears congestion of the lungs and opens airways. Eases nervous headaches including migraines.
Can be invasive, so best grown in pots.
- Mint Tea- In a saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add 1 teaspoon dried spearmint leaves and let stand 5 minutes. Strain tea into a teacup or mug. Add honey, if desired.