Spearmint, or Mentha spicata, is one of my favourite herbs. Did you know it goes far beyond mojitos & mint juleps, offering amazing health benefits!? Health & beauty à la menthe!
The Fragrant Spearmint
Unlike its widely known sibling, Peppermint, Spearmint has richer, softer and sweeter flavours. She contains less menthol & menthone and so has less of that slightly pungent “mintness” and doesn’t leave a cooling sensation.
You probably know it from chewing gum, toothpaste, lip balms, the Moroccan (Touareg) tea or Nanah mint tisanes: this is the plant, this is the taste.
Spearmint & Food: Benefits for Health
Let me just make you a list. I think it’s pretty impressive:
1. Spearmint oil is a potent (and tasty) carminative.
2. Spearmint tea is antiandrogenic – it can help women who suffer hirsuitism by reducing testosterone levels in the blood (source) and androgen levels in women with PCOS (source).
3. Spearmint has strong anti-oxidant and modest antifungal properties, which isn’t just fine for everyone but also makes it an excellent herb for our meat-indulgent friends (source). Touareg tea in a Moroccan style glass
Food uses to try: touareg tea/ Nana mint tisane, green sauce, falafel seasoning, green smoothies, green bean recipes (stews and salads: excellent!), spicy shortbreads, yoghurt/ soy yoghurt sauce, dressings for green salad, virgin cocktails…
Knock yourself out! 🙂
Beauty à la Menthe
Mostly found in lip balms (and obvisouly in toothpaste etc.) for its sweet and summery fragrance, my absolutely favourite Spearmint-based beauty product is a Balm Balm fragrance. Amazingy balm, available in both a vegan and a beeswax quality
Spearmint organic Eau de Parfum, Balm Balm. (You can find the full review of this simple and pure EdP here)
So yes, I’m a big fan of this delicious plant.
I love a cup of warm Spearmint tea after a dinner out (where my special diet needs aren’t catered to very well);
I enjoy a tiny glass of hot Spearmint tea on hot summer days, Morocco style;
I am absolutely delighted at having perfected my very own “After Eight” tea recipe of Spearmint tea with cacao;
Whenever I can get hold of fresh leaves, nothing can hold me back from chopping it into smoothies, salads and vegan stews.