Spearmint, also called green mint is used as a kitchen herb and for herbal teas. The herb proliferates due to the many offshoots it forms and it grows about 80 cm high. It flowers in July and August.
The plant is mainly used to make tea. It has a beneficial effect on the airways and works well for colds, asthma, bronchitis and flu. It also has a positive effect on the digestive system and works against diarrhoea, bloating, indigestion and stomach flu.
The mint plant has a strong fragrant substance also known as menthol. Menthol is used in a lot of products as a flavouring and fragrance. Just think of sweets and toothpaste.