What is Spearmint?

An aromatic Eurasian plant, also called Mentha spicata, spearmint has clusters of small purplish flowers and yields an oil widely used as a flavoring. Like peppermint, the spearmint has also been naturalized from Europe and may be found in moist fields and waste places from Nova Scotia to Utah and south to Florida. It is easily grown and succeeds in most soils and situations as long as the soil is not too dry. Spearmint has carminative, anti-spasmodic, aromatic and stimulant effects. Essential oil of spearmint is obtained by steam distillation of flowering tops of spearmint plant, and the health benefits of Spearmint Essential Oil can be due to its properties like anti septic, anti spasmodic, carminative, cephalic, emenagogue, insecticide, restorative and stimulant.