Spearmint (Essential Oil)
Actions: Antioxidant, Helps Digestion, Hormone Balancer, Anti-bacterial, Stress Reducer
Found In: Calm + Clarity
Spearmint, also known as garden mint, common mint, lamb mint, and menta in Spanish, is a species of mint native to Asia and Europe. Yet you can easily find it in gardens on five continents around the globe.
Spearmint contains a large number of antioxidant compounds, including rosmarinic acid and flavonoids like limonene and menthol1. The compound (-)-carvone, which is naturally found in spearmint, has been shown to strongly inhibit muscle contractions in the digestive tract, which may explain how this herb helps to relieve upset digestive tracts. Spearmint is commonly used to help relieve symptoms of indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and gas and is the common ingredient of most household teas.
- Melissa Groves. (2018). 11 Surprising Benefits of Spearmint Tea and Essential Oil. Healthline
- Martina Cirlini, Pedro Mena, Michele Tassotti, Kelli A Herrlinger et al. (2016). Phenolic and Volatile Composition of a Dry Spearmint (Mentha spicata L.) Extract. Molecules, 3;21(8).
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