Spearmint Tea Benefits
Spearmint tea is derived from the plant Mentha spicata, syn M. viridis. The plant yields an aromatic and carminative oil, referred to as “oil of spearmint”. A native of the Mediterranean, spearmint was revered by ancient Romans for its ability to “stir up the mind.” It continues to be savored for its refreshingly light aroma, as well as its natural, caffeine-free tast
Spearmint takes its name from its crinkled leaves, which resemble the shape of the blade of a spear. It has oblong, lanceolate, sub-acute, serrate leaves, and slender spikes of flowers. It grows in watery places.
When spearmint is steeped in boiling water, it yields a minty tea that yields the following health benefits:
- Spearmint tea is good for treatment of stomach ache;
- Spearmint tea fights nausea;
- Spearmint tea combats heartburn;
- Spearmint tea treats mild indigestion;
Spearmint tea is beneficial in relieving irritable bowel symptoms such as indigestion and colonic muscle spasms, according to Steady Health. The oil and menthol in spearmint tea help with stomach issues by soothing and relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
Relieves Facial Hair in Women
According to a February 2010 journal article in “Physiotherapy Research,” spearmint tea may have anti-androgenic properties in women with hirsutism or female facial hair growth caused by elevated androgen hormones such as testosterone in the body. This journal article states that in a Turkish study, total testosterone in women was significantly decreased after daily consumption of drinking two cups of spearmint tea per day for 30 days.
Steady Health states that the rosmarinic acid found in spearmint can bring relief to people with asthma because it is able to block the production of proinflammatory chemicals such as leukotrienes. Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects the bronchial tubes and fills airways with mucus; spearmint tea may help with asthma by breaking up mucus and soothing the sore throat associated with dry coughing.
Cold and Flu Relief
Spearmint tea may help clear your stuffy nose when you have a cold because the menthol in spearmint thins out mucus and acts as a decongestant. It also soothes and calms sore, irritated throats, and according to Steady Health, it may relieve nasal symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis, an allergic inflammation occurring in nasal passages.
According to Yoga West, spearmint tea can aid digestion and is especially useful in stimulating the digestion of proteins. Spearmint tea also helps reduce flatulence and soothes cramping related to digestion.