You may have heard of many herbal and ayurvedic types of tea, but there is one type of tea which is most popular and invigorating: Spearmint tea. It is also known as mint tea and spearmint is used as an herb. Spearmint is also famous as Curled Mint, Fish Mint, Garden Mint, Green Mint, Hierbabuena, Huile Essentielle de Menthe Verte, Lamb Mint, Mackerel Mint. It helps in improving your immune system and also protects against fungal infections.
Drinking spearmint tea offers a number of health benefits and can provide some essential nutrients, but it also carries some possible health risks.
What is Spearmint?
Spearmint grows up to a meter in height and has a thick stalk and sharply pointed leaves, which give the plant its name.
Spearmint is used for digestive disorders including gas, indigestion, nausea, diarrhoea, upper gastrointestinal tract spasms, irritable bowel syndrome, bile duct and gallbladder swelling, and gallstones. It is also used for sore throat, cold, headaches, toothaches, cramps, cancer and inflammation of the respiratory tract. Some people use it as a stimulant, germ-killer and local pain-killer.
How is Spearmint tea made?
This special tea is made from leaves of spearmint herb, and is scientifically known as Mentha spicata. Spearmint tea is best when the leaves come fresh from the garden, and are brewed directly in the boiled water.
The essential oil from spearmint leaves also has some health benefits , and can deliver more concentrated doses of the nutrients and organic compounds that regular drinkers of spearmint tea can benefit from.
Benefits of Spearmint tea
- Improves memory-Unlike other teas, spearmint tea can improve your memory and can make it more advance. The limonene found in this tea is known to counter the negative effects of free radicals and increase neurotransmitter activity. Drinking a single glass of spearmint tea can help you clear your mind and tackle the cognitive tasks at hand.
- Remedy for nausea-Spearmint has anti-inflammatory effect which can help your stomach settle down. It is considered an anti-emetic herb, which means it works to lessen or alleviate nausea and vomiting. Ayurveda promotes it as a remedy for vomiting during pregnancy. Other unpleasant gastrointestinal conditions like cramping, bloating, constipation can also be improved.
- Remedy for Hirsutism-Hirsutism is another specific hormonal issue which spearmint handles. Hirsutism is the condition of a woman having a large amount of dark, coarse hair on unwanted places, such as above the lips, on the chin and on the chest and back. It is caused due to high level of androgens. It reduces the 'male' hormone and regulates rest of the body's hormones.
- Helps in reducing inflammation-The anti-inflammatory nature of spearmint tea is well-known, and it is commonly used to eliminate headaches and other pains throughout the body, particularly in the joints. This is because of the application of spearmint essential oil. This essential oil can help soothe sore throats and soothe indigestion by relaxing the spasming muscles of the gut as it has anti-inflammatory compounds.
- Prevents fungal infections-Spearmint leaves and oil are used to make medicine and it prevents from fungal infections. Fungal infections is still very common in some parts of the world, and the use of spearmint tea is an effective and simple way to clear out the digestive tracts and make an inhospitable environment for these unwanted agents to take hold.
Side effects and safety measures of spearmint
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding
- Kidney disorders
- Liver disease
Spearmint tea is likely safe if included as a major beverage in your diet, but it is advisable to consult to your doctor, if you don't want to face any side effects in future.