How does mint help the body?
Indigestion and gas: Mint is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion. Mint is thought to increase bile secretion and encourage bile flow, which helps to speed and ease digestion (and which may also support healthy cholesterol levels).
Spearmint has been used for centuries for its digestive benefits*. Its sweet, refreshing aroma is cleansing and uplifting, making it ideal to evoke a sense of focus and positive mood. Spearmint is very different from Peppermint, making it a milder option to use on children and those with sensitive skin.
- Popular Uses of Spearmint Essential Oil
- Diffuse to promote focus and uplift mood.
- Apply to toothbrush before brushing teeth for healthy gums and fresh breath.
- Add a drop or two to any dessert, drink, salad, or entrée for flavoring and to promote digestion.
- For occasional stomach upset, add 1–2 drops to water and drink.
- Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations.
- With its distinctively spicy taste and invigorating scent, mint is often an ingredient in gum, candy or tea, but people also eat it fresh. Fresh mint leaves add flavor and nutrition to many different recipes, and chewing on whole leaves may have certain health benefits and ward off some medical conditions.
Some people use spearmint to help alleviate symptoms of nausea, indigestion, gas, headache, toothache, cramps, and sore throat. Spearmint may help to relieve symptoms of digestive problems, by relaxing the stomach muscles, reducing symptoms of nausea, and other digestive problems.
- Peppermint and spearmint, whether in candies or used as a flavoring in other foods, can aggravate acid reflux by irritating the digestive tract. Not everyone is bothered by peppermint, but if you notice that minty foods such as chewing gum or peppermint candy trigger your heartburn, it's best to avoid them.
- Peppermint tea is sometimes referred to as "the stomach healer" because it is known to soothe many stomach ailments, including stomach aches, stomach pains, stomach cramps, heartburn, gas/flatulence, indigestion and diarrhea, and to promote healthy digestion.
- Spearmint has been used for centuries for its digestive benefits*. Its sweet, refreshing aroma is cleansing and uplifting, making it ideal to evoke a sense of focus and positive mood. Spearmint is very different from Peppermint, making it a milder option to use on children and those with sensitive skin.
The term “mint” is an umbrella term for the Mentha plant family that includes spearmint, peppermint, orange mint, apple mint, pineapple mint and more. Peppermint's flavor is similar to spearmint, but it contains the ingredient menthol, making its flavor stronger and more pronounced.
- Mojito Mint - Herb of the Week. The Mojito, a traditional Cuban cocktail said to be the favorite of the writer Ernest Hemingway, is made with rum, powdered sugar, lime juice, club soda and a mint unique to Cuba. Since the true mojito mint is difficult to get “up north,” spearmint is usually substituted.
- Spearmint flavoured mints are the preferred and most widely used types in food preparation around the world. When the generic word "mint" is used in a recipe it is generally conceded to be a spearmint. There are numerous varieties containing the spearmint flavoured oil.
- Both catnip and catmint are types of mint that are safe to cats. Garden mint may cause gastrointestinal upset if too much is eaten. Contact with mint may cause skin irritation in hypersensitive cats. There are numerous subspecies of mint plants.
Updated: 18th November 2019