Botanical Name(s): Mentha Spicata
Popular Name(s): Garden Mint, Lamb Mint, Green Mint and Spire Mint.
Parts Used: Herb
Habitat: Native to Europe.
Description: It is a creeping, sweetly scented, perennial with bright green leaves. Stems rise to a height of about 2 feet. The small flowers are densely arranged in rings in the axils of the upper leaves, forming cylindrical, slender, tapering spikes, pinkish or lilac in color.
Uses: Spearmint is chiefly used for culinary purposes. It is used for indigestion, gas and colic, as well as hiccups, fever and upper respiratory tract infections in children. Used as blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, spearmint oil helps with headaches, migraines, stress, fatigue, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, nervous conditions and to relieve itching.