Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Incredible Health Benefits of Spearmint

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The amazing powers of Spearmint

Spearmint (Mentha viridis) 

When most of us think of Spearmint, I am sure the first thing that comes to mind is chewing gum, breath mints and toothpaste!

The amazing powers of Spearmint, Spearmint image, Natasha in Oz

But did you know that Spearmint herbal tea offers certain digestive benefits?

Spearmint is so Special!

The amazing powers of Spearmint, Spearmint image, Natasha in Oz

Like peppermint, chamomile and ginger tea, when enjoyed after meals, some studies have suggested that Spearmint tea can help Stop heartburn, as well as relieve gas pain due to bloating. Just don't drink it if you get acid reflux! Spearmint can actually trigger acid reflux as can coffee, alcohol and chocolate!

It is also known as a good nausea and Stomach ache Soother. Spearmint aids in the natural digestion of food by helping the release of bile and stomach juices.

Fresh ideas: mint for teas, juleps and mojitos, picked from the garden

Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.  Chinese Proverb

I find it relaxing and calming.

The amazing powers of Spearmint, Spearmint image, Natasha in Oz

More recent Studies found that Spearmint tea had the effect of lowering libido in men and Scientists then wondered what it might do for women with hirsutism. Since excess hair growth is caused by higher than average testosterone levels, a tea that lowers testosterone seemed likely to help in this condition. At the end of the Study the women who drank two cups of Spearmint tea every day showed significantly less free testosterone in their bodies.

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Spearmint tea is more mild and less Stimulating than Peppermint tea and, because it is also naturally caffeine-free, I often make +Madeleine   a cup of Spearmint tea and Serve it to her in the Tiffany Cup that we gave her when she was Christened.

The amazing powers of Spearmint, Tiffany cup image, Natasha in Oz

Did you also know that history reveals that the Romans used Spearmint as a refreshment for the mind as well as the body? It is the perfect tea to refresh and energize Miss M when she is Studying at her Sweet and pretty desk!

Madeleine loves Silver, Seashells, Snow and Studying.

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  1. now i am seriously craving spearmint!

    such a suggestive, creative post.

  2. Yepper!!!!
    Spearment is my choice for a gum flavor!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  3. I always preferred spearmint over peppermint, did not like the bite of peppermint as much. I will say even with my fair amount of herbal knowledge I did not recall about the digestive qualities for heartburn, I will have to remember that next time.

  4. We have spearmint growing in our mint garden. I can't wait to use some!

  5. Sissel came here to Utah and sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, I think it was last year, love her voice!
    I have not tried spearmint tea but I know it is good for lots of things.
    Your sisters are each so cute, I will have to visit them sometime! Come say hi :D

  6. Hi! It's so nice to meet you! I love your blog. Thank you for visiting our first Pink Saturday post, we appreciated it! Have a great week! Twyla

  7. What an amazing blog! Very different to anything I've come across.. so varied and interesting. Definitely prefer spearmint to peppermint, it's a little softer! Thanks for your comment today..Rachaelxx

  8. Natasha, thank you for this very interesting S-Post. I didn't know about the difference of spearmint to peppermint and always have thought, spearmint is the more spicy one. I like sparmint or peppermint tea, made from the fresh plant with a bit sugar.
    Greetings, Johanna

  9. I like to add a little sprig to iced tea! My Grandmom had it in her side yard, and I have some of that same spearmint transplanted in my side yard today!

  10. Hi Natasha,
    I really enjoyed my 5 minutes with you this afternoon, the mosaics & images are wonderful.
    Off to visit your other blog now.
    Have a great week

  11. Hello Natasha!
    I did a post two days ago, on that song "The girl from Ipanema", with a version in Portuguese+English.
    Also I mentioned your blog there. Stop by sometime and take a look!
    Have a great day with a cup of tea!

  12. Spearmint is so refreshing! I really enjoyed your post. Great graphics and photos.

  13. Wow Natasha - I had no idea that spearmint was so beneficial! I just planted a peppermint plant but I might just have to go back out and buy a spearmint one also! Thanks for all the great tips.

  14. Natasha, So very nice to meet you. You have a lovely blog!
    I can remember my grandmother growing mint in her garden- it was everywhere! She used to brew up a tea for us kids when we had "tummy aches." I will need to explore more of your blog a bit later in the day. I'm off to make breakfast and go to work.
    :-) Sue

  15. These posts always make me smile...

    I have a mint scented Scentsy (sort of a candle but not) and the main scent note is spearmint it is so vibrant and bright.

  16. Beautiful sisters. I probably have Spearmint in my back yard somewhere, I will have to look. :O)

  17. Hello, Dear Natasha! Oh, for one so young you are so knowledgeable! Love Spearmint and love the tea. Didn't know all of the benefits though.
    Take care, Dear One.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. Great graphics and information, Natasha! You always have a wonderfully interesting tea post. Thank you for sharing and for joining me for Tea Time. Hope you have a wonderful day.


  19. What fun you and your sisters must have! Your blog is beautiful.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  20. Great post. I'm going to have some spearmint tea TODAY!
    Thanks for all the info.

  21. In my garden, I use that word loosely, I usually plant two small pots each of spearmint and peppermint plants probably every couple of years. Sometimes they do not winter over very well. I break off a sprig or two and put it in a small vase on my kitchen counter, so it is readily available for a cup or a glass of tea.
    There is usually one leaf that looks a little tattered because I crush it ever so slightly to release the pleasant aroma even more.
    The botanicals are lovely.

  22. Hi Natasha..awesome...a super lovely post..gorgeous mosaic!! Lovely sweet sisters..fun!
    have a sparkly day!

  23. Lovely sisters !!! ....and spearmintr is so nice and good taste !!

    Have a happy sunny week ..........hugs from me Ria.........

  24. Dear Natasha,

    Thanks ever so much for once again kindly partaking with this week's 'Tuesday and Wednesay teatime in blogland'!..,

    ..,Especially I thank you for partaking once again with my 32nd,'Tuesday Tea For Two' and my 23rd, 'Wednedsay Tea For Me And Thee' @ The Plumed Pen!

    ..,Thanks so much also for joining in the fun with our new little meme that I am delighted to share with my dear friend Pamela @ Breath Of Fresh Air-Paper Butterfly blog, for this our 4th,'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'.~ Such fun!

    I would dearly love to also one day share tea with you as well Natasha; it would be absolutely delightful no doubt!..,

    I love the spearmint tea feature and the sharing of your sisters pictures, as well as your delightful blog is simply wonderful!~ What lovely sisters you all are!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

  25. I use to have some mint in the garden. Maybe I need to grow some again. Love your mosaic, every single picture is just fabulous. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  26. Oh my goodness, your daughter's desk is just beautiful! Wow! I've never been a big fan of tea until recently, I may just have to try out spearmint tea next!

    Thanks for stopping by to share my SITS day today, I really appreciate it!

  27. Thanks for the info on all the great benefits of spearmint. I am ready to go buy some spearmint tea! Sounds so refreshing now!
    Very cute mosaics too!

  28. I went and stocked up on different teas this am, thanks to being inspired by you Natasha.

  29. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful information about spearmint. Your sisters are so beautiful too~
    I want to run and add spearmint to my little herb garden now~

  30. Splendid S post! I like adding mint that grows in my garden to my tea, but I don't know if it's spearmint or peppermint.

  31. ahhh, Such a Super Spring Spearmint post, my dear heart.
    Enjoyed the photos, too...

  32. oh i love your love of tea will check out your other blog thanks for your kind words will continue to soak up time with family love Rebecca

  33. Spearmint gum, yes, but I just can't seem to acquire a taste for any minty teas. Oh well, plenty more to choose from.
    Nice tea time post.

  34. Natasha...so informative...I must go buy some spearmint tea today! How great is your blog? Love all your inspirations. I also checked out 3 Sisters/365 - what a fun way to stay connected to your sisters! Thanks so much for visiting Shine Your Light. Glad to connect with you!

  35. Spearmint tea sounds delish! You're right, I think of gum!
    Cute little tea cup, too!
    Have a great day!
    :) Jen

  36. Hello Dear Natasha!
    ThankS for Sharing your Spearmint Story. So Sorry to hear Some people Shouldn't Sip Spearmint tea. Sadly I am one of them! Sneaky acid Reflux preventS me from itS beenfitS.
    Thanks for Sharing itS amazing propertieS, though!!
    It'S alwayS So Special to come and See you.
    I hope you a having a Sunny day!

  37. I'm not a mint tea person but the information was so interesting -- always good to have those factoids! Thanks for the post. Jane F.

  38. We used to grow spearmint, but, like all mint, it's aggressive and will overtake anything in its path.

    Interesting, that part about the lowering testosterone.

  39. I didn't know much about spearmint. I need to get some tea to have around for tummy aches.

  40. Interesting and informative S-post. I did not know that much about spearmint.
    Best wishes,

    Anna's S-words

  41. I grow mint and I love it in iced tea. I knew some of those things about mint, in general, but not spearmint in particular.

  42. I have had spearment tea, but right now, I am hooked on fennel seed tea. For gum, there is nothing like spearment.

  43. I love the information on spearmint tea, and a wonderful post.

  44. I didnot know all this. but I don't know where to find it. What is the latin name???

  45. That was great fun, to learn all about spearmint. I've always been a peppermint tea fan. Now you have me wanting to try spearmint. Your photo collages are just wonderful! I'm assuming that Miss M is your daughter...haven't been reading you for very long...her desk is just darling!

  46. That was very interesting about spearmint. I never knew that. I never cared for it much when I was small. I just recently could start chewing spearmint gum and mints ;-)
    Great S post.

  47. Dear Natasha, thank you for your kind comment left on my blog. I will consider joining you for the musical Sundays, but that will have to wait until I come back from my trip.
    Yes, I would love to visit Australia, I even think I would like to live there! My husband's job has offices over there and he is always dreaming about being transferred to Australia.
    Who knows!?
    Take care!

  48. I make mint tea for my kids all the time, I just boil some mint leaves in water and add sugar to taste, they love it. It's also good cold on a hot summer day. And it is soothing on a tummy!

    Have a great weekend, this week went so fast, can't believe we are almost into another weekend!

  49. What a wonderfully informative stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "S"!

    I did not know that difference between peppermint and spearmint.

    I did not know that Cath Kidson made a tin of mints.

    I did not know anyone could find a cute piece of vintage clipart to illustrate a post like this!

    Thanks for this really superb post!


  50. I loved spearmint so much better than any other mint gum as a kid.

    Your collage is wonderful and that color plate from the herb book is gorgeous.

  51. Very cool post Natasha!
    I wish I liked tea, I may have to give it a go again.

  52. Thanks for such an interesting post! My husband suffers from acid reflux, and I had no idea that spearmint could actually trigger it. Out with the gum :) Kathy

  53. Peppermint or Spearmint are both favorites here. Great post!

  54. that was quite interesting ... sounds like i might like to try it

  55. What a lot of spearmint facts! I love herbal teas, and spearmint would always be my choice when I'm feeling 'off'.

  56. Super Spearmint info.!
    I love spearmint tea, too :) .

  57. I grow spearmint in my garden but never used it to make tea I just like that it grows well and smells good and I can't kill it :) Thanks for all of the great info!!

  58. I love spearment and didn't realize till today that I had no idea how to spell it I always put an i in there speariment...OH WELL>

  59. i had no idea of all the health benefits of spearmint tea. i drink it because i like it...but now i am glad i do!

  60. What a lovely and very informative S post! Thank you for sharing so many things about Spearmint.

    And what three lovely sisters you all are :o)
    I'll pop over there now :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    (finally getting a chance to read some more s posts! I'd love you to come and see mine :o)

  61. Gum yes! Tea NO! My neighbors gave us some to try and I think I will stick to my favorite. I wish I liked it now that I learned all the health benefits. ;OP


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