5 Benefits of Consuming Spearmint

26 March, 2019
Spearmint has been used for a long time as a natural remedy for many illnesses and conditions. Find out how to use it here!
 

Calming yet invigorating, spearmint is one of the many varieties of the well-known mint family. There are many benefits of consuming spearmint, many of them have been enjoyed since ancient times.

Even though Greeks and Romans were the ones who used spearmint for the first time, it returned to fame during the 18th C. as an aid for the stomach. Before that, during the Middle Ages, people used it to freshen breath and whiten teeth. Find out what consuming spearmint can do for you!

Currently, consuming spearmint is very popular.  Thanks to menthol, the active ingredient in spearmint, this plant can alleviate a number of health and beauty problems.  Below we will explain the main advantages of consuming spearmint on a regular basis.

1. Digestion

Spearmint is most famous for its use for relief from stomach problems. Because it is calming and antispasmodic, spearmint can help the digestive systems with conditions such as gas, abdominal swelling, nausea, indigestion, and colic.

In addition, studies have shown that spearmint is also effective for alleviating irritable bowel syndrome.  Seventy-five percent of the study participants showed a reduction of symptoms from this ailment after taking capsules of spearmint oil for four weeks.

Spearmint helps relieve stomach problems by relaxing the slick muscles in the digestive tract.  To reduce these problems, you can make a cup of spearmint tea or chew the leaves of this herb.

2. Consuming Spearmint to Get Rid of Headaches

 

Another great health benefit of spearmint is how it can help to alleviate headaches.  It’s a great way to deal with headaches without having to take medication like ibuprofrem. Spearmint can calm headaches in one of two ways.

If it is rubbed on the skin at strategic points, such as the temples, the spearmint oil can relax the muscles that cause headaches or tension. On the other hand, if inhaled, spearmint can alleviate pressure in the chest and induce calm.

Also, you might like: 4 Causes of Morning Headaches

3. Colds and Flu
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Menthol, the active ingredient in spearmint, thins mucus, helping to reduce sinus and chest congestion and eliminate mucus from the body.  Spearmint also can lessen throat irritation.  Add some drops of spearmint oil to a humidifier and breathe deeply.

Read also: 10 Steps for Fighting a Cold

4. Skin Irritation

Thanks to its cooling properties, spearmint can calm irritated skin caused by insect bites and burns, as well as outbreaks caused by poison ivy, poison oak, or others.  Just remember that, just as with all essential oils, spearmint oil can irritate the skin if it is not diluted before applying it topically.

 

5. Bad Breath

Due to spearmint also being an antibacterial and antimicrobial, chewing its leaves or rinsing with a spearmint-based mouthwash can help keep bad breath away and prevent dental hygiene issues caused by an excess of bacteria in the mouth.

In brief, spearmint has a lot of great properties that can help you on a regular basis. Because of this, we recommend keeping a bottle of essential oil or even having some fresh spearmint to make tea or smell.

 
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