Essence of the Week: Spearmint
Spearmint is an aromatic perennial herb that spreads through creeping stolens, which are roots that come up and then run over the ground and cover a distance before rooting again. She has been known since ancient times as the herb of hospitality. Spearmint gets her name from the pointed, spear-shaped leaves that grow abundantly from her roots. This amazing plant is high in Vitamins A and C and is great for eyesight, night vision, and hirsutism (a condition when women's androgen hormones increase and they grow facial hair).
Spearmint is a digestive aid that helps with gas, colic, nausea, vomiting, bad breath, hiccups, toning the stomach, dyspepsia, and sore gums. She supports bile production and is a natural diuretic. Spearmint supports lung health and respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections. She helps to repair the nerves and calms downs spasms and nervous strain. This powerful mint helps the common cold, the flu, and can serve as a pain reliever. For pregnant women, Spearmint supports labor pains and headaches and can be used to slow down milk production when needed. Spearmint is good for wounds, sores, scabs, and dermatitis. She is anti-inflammatory and great to use on sore muscles and aches and pains in the body.
Energetically, Spearmint is an anti-depressant. She helps one to feel Light and uplifted during challenging times. When stressed out or frustrated, Spearmint brings in a calm peace that soothes the being in order to receive higher support from the spiritual world. Spearmint inspires and harmonizes the emotional body. She allows for the space to retreat and go inward to connect to the child-like innocence of the heart.