Spearmint tea is a popular drink consumed all over the world. Its scientific name is Mentha spicata. The leaf gets its name spearmint from its spear shape. The leaf now grows all over the world, but its first use can be traced to Europe and Asia.
Spearmint has a similar taste to peppermint. Both are used to flavor gum, toothpastes, mouthwash, and even candy. One way to enjoy the leaf is brewed into a tea.
Not only is the mint a flavor-enhancing ingredient, it is also a leaf which holds many health benefits. Many of its health benefits are due to its nutrient density and high antioxidant content.
Benefit #1: Good for Digestion
Nausea, vomiting, and gas are common issues that those with digestion problems face. Spearmint has been used as a common reliever to these issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is a common digestion problem that causes bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea.
In an 8-week study, 32 people with IBS were given spearmint. At the end of the study, those who received the spearmint product reported feeling less abdominal pain and discomfort from their IBS in comparison to the control group, who received a placebo. In addition, one study found that the mint eased the effects of vomiting and nausea in those who were undergoing chemotherapy.