Spearmint

Spearmint (mint family) has a long history as popular medicines. For thousands of years, people have taken them to relieve flatulence, soothe lung ailments, and encourage urination. Introduced to America by early colonists, the mints were also used to treat stomach ailments, headache, colic, insomnia and morning sickness.

Health Benefits of Spearmint herb:

  • Spearmint is used for digestive disorders including gas, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, upper gastrointestinal tract spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bile duct and gallbladder swelling (inflammation), and gallstones.
  • It is also used for sore throat, colds, headaches, toothaches, cramps, cancer and inflammation of respiratory tract. Some people use it as a stimulant, germ-killer, local pain-killer, and anti-spasm medication.
  • Spearmint is applied directly to the skin for swelling inside the mouth, arthritis, local muscle and nerve pain, and skin conditions including pruritus and urticaria.

 

Nutrients you can get in Spearmint herb:

Spearmint contains vitamins and minerals like proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, minerals: calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and vitamins: A, B3 (niacin).

Dosage in using Spearmint herb:

The typical dosage of mint is 1.5 to 6 grams, taken as a decoction. Mint is often used in conjunction with other herbs, such as lonicera, forsythia and arctium.

 

Possible risk in using Spearmint herb:

Caution is warranted, as spearmint has been found to dose-dependently cause liver and kidney damage. Allergic reactions to spearmint and spearmint oil have been reported.

Although it is commonly recommended that patients with gastrointestinal reflux disease avoid spearmint and peppermint, research in healthy individuals suggests that spearmint may not affect esophageal sphincter function and acid reflux.

 

 

For more information about Spearmint herb, visit link below:

Spearmint Herb at WebMD
Spearmint Herb at LiveStrong
Spearmint Herb at Organic Facts
Spearmint Herb at Healthy Fellow