Spearmint, also known as garden mint, common mint, lamb mint and mackerel mint, is aspeciesofmint, Mentha spicata, native to Europe and southern temperate Asia, extending from Ireland in the west to southern China in the east. It is naturalized in many other temperate parts of the world, including northern and southernAfrica,North AmericaandSouth America. It is used as a flavouring in food and herbal teas. Thearomatic oil, called oil of spearmint, is also used as a flavouring and sometimes as a scent. The species and its subspecies have manysynonyms, including Mentha crispa, Mentha crispata and Mentha viridis.
Spearmint is a delicious, minty herb that may have beneficial effects on your health. It’s high in antioxidants and other beneficial plant compounds that may help balance hormones, lower blood sugar and improve digestion. It may even reduce stress and improve memory.