5 Benefits of Consuming Spearmint

· January 4, 2015

Calming yet invigorating, spearmint is one of the many varieties of the well-known mint family.  Even though spearmint was used more in the ancient times of the Greeks and the Romans, it returned to fame during the eighteenth century as an aid for the stomach. Before that, during the Middle Ages, it was used to freshen breath and whiten teeth. Learn about 5 benefits of consuming spearmint in this article.

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 this herb.

1. Digestion

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

Another great health benefit of spearmint is its capacity to alleviate headaches.  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.  If inhaled, spearmint can alleviate pressure in the chest and induce calm.

3. Colds and Fluspearmint2

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.

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.