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Benefits Of Spearmint

Updated: Apr 3

Scientific Name: Mentha spicata

Common Names: Garden mint, Lamb's mint, Our Lady's mint, Spire mint, and Sage of Bethlehem

Family: Lamiaceae or Labiatae (Mint)

Spearmint, also known as Mentha spicata, is a captivating perennial, similar to Peppermint and part of the mint family. Common names for this herb include Garden mint, Lamb's mint, Our Lady's Mint, Spire Mint, and Sage of Bethlehem (1). This herb has radiant green leaves pointed with lavender flower spikes that can grow up to four inches long and are native to the Mediterranean. Spearmint has a pleasantly sweet flavor and is frequently used to flavor toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum, and candy. Most of all, spearmint is a highly aromatic plant valued for its culinary, medicinal, and cosmetic use (2).