(Mentha spicata L.)
Although it has a very similar aroma to peppermint, and shares many of the same digestive properties, spearmint contains a slightly different balance of plant chemicals. Spearmint has less menthol than peppermint, but is rich in phyto (plant) chemicals such as limonene, dihydrocarvone and cineol.1
Mint kills some types of bacteria, fungus, and viruses, suggesting it may have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.2,3 The Journal of Chemistry reports that spearmint extract exhibits “excellent antioxidant activity."4
A 2007 study published in Phytotherapy Research found drinking two cups of spearmint tea a day for five days lowers levels of androgens associated with excessive hair in women, offering potential help to women with mild symptoms of hirsutism.
2 University of Maryland Medical Centre