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Spearmint: The Solution from your Pharmacy to your Kitchen!

Think of a plant that brings the freshness of the Mediterranean to your kitchen. Many will think of spearmint, (Mentha Spicata) and not unfairly! Apart from cooking though, it has a lot to offer. In this article, we discover the hidden world of spearmint. We will learn how this herb improves our lives, we will reveal its medicinal properties and its value in our everyday life. Get ready to discover how this herb can enrich your health and taste. Enter a world where nature meets wellness.

Spearmint properties


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Spearmint, with its gentle aroma and powerful properties, is the natural link between the art of cooking and the wisdom of nature. In one little leaf… a great treasure “


Spearmint to this day

This herb has a rich history dating back to ancient Greece. Its name comes from the word ‘eidiosmos’, which means ‘pleasant smell’, and it is a ‘close relative’ of mint. Spearmint has always been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. In the kitchen, it adds flavour and aroma to a variety of dishes. In traditional medicine, it was known for its rejuvenating properties.

Through the centuries, spearmint has managed to maintain its place in culture and cuisine. From ancient Greek symposia to modern kitchens, its presence is constant. Today, it continues to be a beloved ally in healthy eating and natural healing.

Spearmint’s rich composition of vitamins and minerals, as well as its antioxidant properties, make it an extremely beneficial herb for nutrition and health.

Pharmaceutical Uses of Spearmint:

This herb, known for its refreshing properties, has an important role in traditional and modern natural medicine. Research shows that it contains antioxidant, antimicrobial and antispasmodic components. These properties make it useful for various ailments and for improving general health.

Here are some of its key therapeutic uses, supported by both traditional medicine and modern studies:

  • Soothes the digestive system: Spearmint has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can help relieve digestive disorders such as indigestion, heartburn and bloating.
  • Against respiratory problems: This herb is traditionally used to relieve colds and respiratory problems. Inhaling boiled mint steam can help relieve coughing and nasal congestion.
  • Relief from stress: Spearmint is also traditionally known as an herbal analgesic and sedative, which can help reduce anxiety and tension.
  • Antioxidant activity: Spearmint contains plant compounds such as tannins and flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties that can protect cells from oxidative damage.

Before adding new ingredients or treatments to your daily routine, it is always wise to seek the advice of your doctor.


Gastronomic Uses of Spearmint:

  1. In Cooking: Use spearmint leaves both fresh and dried. Add flavour to sauces, salads and marinades. Use mint in soups, try it with stew and add a fresh note to your dishes.
  2. In Beverages: Make a delicious herbal tea, add it to cocktails. Try it in a mojito or with lemonade.

Tips: Use fresh mint for better flavor. Add it at the end of cooking to preserve its flavor.

How to make a spearmint tea and what to be careful of:


  1. Preparation of mint:

If using dried mint, measure about a teaspoon for each cup of tea.

  1. Heat the water:

Heat water to a temperature of 90°C (We estimate one cup to be about 250 ml of water).

  1. Infusing spearmint:

Put the mint in a teapot or cup.

Add hot water.

Allow the mint to steep for about 5-10 minutes, keeping your pot covered.

  1. Drain:

Drain the tea to remove the mint leaves.

  1. Additions (optional):

Add honey or lemon for extra flavor, if desired.

Spearmint properties


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  • Water Temperature: Do not pour boiling water directly onto fresh leaves, as they may “burn”, losing their properties. Allow the water to cool for a while before using it.
  • Impregnation time: Be careful not to leave the mint in water for too long because it can become bitter and leave a not so pleasant taste.
  • Storage: Make sure to store the dried leaves in a dark and dry place.

With these instructions, you are ready to enjoy a delicious and aromatic spearmint tea!


Through this article, we have highlighted the multidimensional uses and benefits of spearmint. Spearmint is not just an aromatic herb, but a natural treasure that can enrich our daily lives. We encourage you to explore mint further and incorporate it into your kitchen, your health routine or even growing it in your garden. The complexity of its flavors and its healing properties are here for you to discover and enjoy!


  1. Are there any side effects or contra-indications to the use of spearmint? In general, This herb is safe to use, but as with any herb it should be avoided in very high doses. It may cause allergies in sensitive individuals.
  2. How can I use mint in cooking? Mint adds a fresh flavour to sauces, marinades and soups. It is also great in drinks such as tea and cocktails.
  3. Is spearmint suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women? A doctor’s advice is recommended before spearmint is used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, as there are insufficient studies on its safety in these situations.
  4. Can spearmint help relieve digestive problems? Yes, It has antispasmodic properties and can help relieve digestive disorders.
  5. How can I make spearmint tea? To make mint tea, steep fresh or dried leaves in hot water for 5-10 minutes and then strain. You can add honey or lemon for extra flavour.
  6. What are the nutrients of spearmint? Spearmint contains vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, and minerals like iron, magnesium, and calcium.
  7. Can spearmint be used for cosmetic applications? Yes, It’s used in various cosmetic products. It is typical that spearmint essential oil is widely used in the perfumery industries. It is popular in skin and hair care products.


  1. Ganesan Mahendran, Sanjeet Kumar Verma, Laiq-Ur Rahman. “The traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology of spearmint (Mentha spicata L.): A review.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2021. It reports on the traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology of spearmint, with emphasis on its antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, antidiabetic, antidiabetic, cytotoxic, anti-inflammatory, larvicidal and antigenotoxic actions.

These sources provide in-depth information and analysis on spearmint and its many uses and benefits. Their study will be useful for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the properties and applications of spearmint.



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