Spearmint and Your Health
The essential oil responsible for gibing spearmint it’s signature flavor is menthol. Other important chemical components of spearmint are α-pinene, β-pinene, carvone, cineole, linalool, limonene, myrcene and caryophyllene. These compounds in mint help relieve fatigue and stress.
Spearmint is rich in vitamin A (provides 4054 IU or 135% of RDA), beta-carotene, vitamin C, folates (26% of RDA), vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), riboflavin and thiamin.Spearmint also contains minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron (148% of RDA), and magnesium.
An infusion of spearmint is an excellent remedy for minor ailments such as headaches, nervous strain, fatigue and stress, as well as for respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis.It is used for digestive problems, including nausea, flatulence and hiccups as it relaxes the stomach muscles.