Spearmint Tea Benefits
We’re all familiar with how good Peppermint Tea is for you, but now allow us to introduce you to Spearmint Tea Benefits. While the former has enjoyed a significant amount of time under the spotlight, it is finally time for the latter, Spearmint Tea, to shine brightly here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company.
Though lesser known when compared with its counterpart, Spearmint Tea is equally delicious - and equally beneficial! Let’s explore!
What is Spearmint?
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is an aromatic, perennial herb belonging to the mint family, Lamiaceae. The plant is native to much of Europe and Asia, and has naturalised in parts North America, notably in the northeastern American states of Maine and New Hampshire, and the Canadian Maritimes, including Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
It grows up to 2 feet (0.6 metres) high, bearing very short-stalked, acute-pointed, lance-shaped, wrinkled, bright green leaves, with toothed edges and smooth surfaces, the ribs very prominent beneath.
It also grows small flowers, which are densely arranged in whorls or rings in the axils of the upper leaves, forming cylindrical, slender, tapering spikes of which are pinkish or even lilac in colour.
Nevertheless, the most characteristic quality of Spearmint is its aroma, and in due course, its taste. This aroma and taste derives from the leaves, which are used fresh or dried to flavour many foods, particularly sweets, beverages, salads, soups, cheeses, meats, fish, sauces, fruits, vegetables and, of course, Herbal Tea. Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we like the latter the most!
No surprises here, Spearmint Tea is the product of dried Spearmint leaves. This tea is the perfect choice to finish off a long, hard day. It offers soothing, minty freshness with every sip. And with its sweet aroma and delectable flavour, this Herbal Tisane is a real treat to the senses, leaving a refreshing aftertaste long after you have drained your cup!
History of Spearmint
You may be surprise to discover that Spearmint is not native to the British Isles. It arrived in Britain through the Romans nearly 1,000 years ago, and over the centuries, has made itself feel right at home, now flourishing across the mainland and islands.
As botanical study developed in the 16th Century, many began to consider Spearmint Tea Benefits. In 1597, Botanist John Gerard, writing in his book entitled Herbal, said:
“It is good against watering eyes and all manner of breakouts on the head and sores. It is applied with salt to the biting of mad dogs”, and that “They lay it on the stinging of wasps and bees with good success”.
Commenting on his personal fondness of the herb, John Gerard said:
“The smell rejoiceth the heart of man, for which cause they used to strew it in chambers and places of recreation, pleasure and repose, where feasts and banquets are made”.
Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we wouldn’t know about the “feasts and banquets”, but we certainly agree that Spearmint “rejoiceth the heart”, and in more than one way, too!
Why you Should Drink Spearmint Tea
Much like Peppermint Tea, Spearmint Tea boast an extraordinary abundance of antioxidants, which can combat free radicals in the body. These free radicals are the product of natural, though harmful, human oxidation, which when left unchecked, can lead to a multitude of health complications.
However, with the antioxidants found in Spearmint Herbal Tea, one can neutralise free radicals in the body, thus reducing the risks of developing numerous chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes.
In fact, providing one eats healthily and exercises frequently, Spearmint Tea can be a much needed boost to wellbeing. The possibilities are nearly endless, so what else, in particular, can Spearmint Tea do to improve your everyday way of life?
Spearmint Tea Pregnancy
If you’re pregnant, Spearmint Tea might just be an excellent choice of beverage for a multitude of reasons. Most importantly, almost any Herbal Tea, including Spearmint and Peppermint, as well as Camomile and Rooibos, is caffeine-free.
According to NHS Choices, pregnant women shouldn’t exceed 200 mg of caffeine per day; however, with Spearmint Tea, one doesn’t have to worry about any at all!
Furthermore, this Herbal Tea contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, folate, riboflavin and thiamin.
Many of these components are antioxidants, and when combined with a healthy and active lifestyle, can boost the immune system. In turn, a boosted immune system has a greater capacity to fight away nasty coughs and colds, thus preventing most people, including pregnant women, from feeling “under the weather”.
It is important to note, however, that the advice of a Doctor or Medical professional should not be ignored in the event that the frequent consumption of Spearmint Tea is discouraged.
Spearmint Tea and Androgen
Androgens are a type of hormone found in both men and women. The principal androgens are testosterone and androstenedione, which are found in higher levels in men, though women, too, have them in smaller doses. Androgens have close associations with puberty, in particular, but also play smaller roles in the reproductive tract, bone, kidneys, liver and muscle.
Having too much or too little Androgen in the body, regardless of gender, can have adverse side effects. When one has too much, it can cause acne, hirsutism (excess hair growth in “inappropriate” places, like the upper lip and chin) and thinning of hair on the head (balding).
When one has too little, it can cause problems such as low libido (interest in, or desire for sex), fatigue, decreased sense of well-being and increased susceptibility to bone loss, osteoporosis and fractures. So where does Spearmint Tea come in?
Spearmint Tea works as a hormone-balancer, and when consumed frequently, can bring Androgen levels to a healthy level. In turn, this gives rise to many Spearmint Tea Benefits including improved reproductive, bone, kidney, liver, muscle, skin, and hair health.
When it comes to hair, in particular - this tea and its androgen-balancing properties are unparalleled to any other Herbal remedy. According to a recent Turkish Spearmint Tea study, forty-two volunteers were randomised to take Spearmint Tea twice a day for a one month period and compared with a placebo Herbal Tea. The serum androgen hormone levels of each group were checked on day 0, 15 and 30 of the 30-day study, with the end results indicating a significant reduction in hirsutism in the Spearmint Tea group.
Spearmint Tea Weight Loss
Many species of mint, according to numerous scientific studies, have metabolism-boosting properties, Spearmint being no exception. A boosted metabolism enables the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently, which in turn promotes weight loss.
But that isn’t the only way that Spearmint Tea can help you drop those extra pounds. This also works as an appetite suppressant by working closely with the digestive system. Furthermore, it shouldn’t contain any more than two calories per serving, meaning it’s a healthy alternative to sugary drinks and foods.
Spearmint Tea and Bad Breath
Before that much-anticipated date, consider brewing up a cup of Spearmint Tea. Why? Because, like toothpaste, this beverage is, simply put, “minty-fresh”! Furthermore, one of the well known Spearmint Tea Benefits is the abundance of antibacterial properties, which can kill germs in the mouth, thus preventing halitosis.
So, not only does Spearmint Leaves have a pleasant aftertaste, but there is also scientific evidence to support its consumption for ridding the mouth of nasty bacteria that ultimately leads to bad breath. We can’t, of course, guarantee that your date night will go smoothly, but we can at least supply you with a Tea to help you along!
Where to Buy Spearmint Tea
It’s really easy to buy Peppermint Tea anywhere, but Spearmint Tea is a little harder. Thankfully, however, you’ve come to the right place, as The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company are proud to stock not one, but two types of Spearmint Tea!
Two, you say? Yes; but we’re not talking about a different species of Spearmint - we’re talking about a standalone Spearmint Tea and a Spearmint-infused blend. Our standalone Spearmint Tea is for the traditionalists, and offers all the trademark flavours and aromas one would expect. It is a brilliant palate cleanser, among other qualities, and makes a perfect cuppa’ morning, afternoon or evening! Ultimately, the choice is yours!
But there is another choice: Liquorice and Spearmint Tea which, as the name suggests, is a blend of two popular herbs infused to make a truly remarkable brew. The sweetness of liquorice first explodes in the mouth, with a fresh minty taste that follows. It is a perfect pairing, one that offers balance as well as astounding health benefits.
Which Tea is for you? Either way, you’ve chosen well! And it’s also worth noting that all of our Teas, all or our Tisanes, and all of our Coffees are packed fresh to order here in our Pluckley-based factory, which is nestled within the captivating vistas of the Kentish countryside. This ensures both quality and consistency in all of our products.