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Fresh mint leaves relieve the pain of rheumatism if rubbed directly at the joints and stop headache if rubbed directly at the forehead.

Konstantina Minakaki Clinical dietician-nutritionist

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Spearmint is scientifically called Mentha spicata syn., Mentha crispa and Mentha Viridis. It was used in perfumery and in medicine by ancient civilizations. It is frequently mentioned by Dioscorides, Hippocrates and Pliny as a valuable plant with therapeutical properties and pleasant odor. Ancient Greeks used to rub spearmint on the table before every meal and also used it to scent their bath water.

In Greek it is known as diosmos, idiosmos, agriodiosmos, avarsamos, vlichron, glichon, vlichoni, glichouni, fliskouni, flaskouni, minthi, mintha, kalamithra and agiasmos. The most commonly used species is Mentha piperita, commonly known as peppermint. The two species are both mints and are often confused. They both belong to the Lamiaceae family. Mentha piperita is a hybrid, a cross between water mint and spearmint. It is very commonly used in Greece as a natural source of menthol.

In the following section, we will describe more precisely the plans that we have mentioned. Mentha spicata syn resembles the Egyptian mint but has hairless stems and green, sharp leaves with a sweet odor. Mentha crispa is a spearmint variety of spearmint. It has curly leaves and it is widely cultivated for its oil. Mentha spicata, the "Moroccan mint" has pleasant-perfumed leaves which can be used as tea. There is confusion among mint varieties as several hybrids commonly occur.

Spearmint produces sprouts and green ovate leaves. Flowers are small, rose to purple and grow in slender spikes. In Greece it is widely cultivated in gardens and pots for its culinary use. When you touch it, it produces a nice smell. You can always have fresh spearmint in pots or dry preserved in jars. Spearmint oil contains menthol, menthon, jasmone, tannin, alcohols, aldehyds and bitter principles.

Spearmint is widely used for therapeutical purposes. Fresh leaves relieve from rheumatism pains when rubbed on the joints and from headache when rubbed on the forehead. Essential oil can be used in gargles against tonsillitis, gingivitis and nasopharyngeal inflammations. It helps the bile and digestion. It acts as a spasmolytic, tonic, carminative and anesthetic in large dosage. It is commonly used as a flavoring for toothpastes, mouthwashes and medicine. As a culinary herb, it is used to flavor lamb, veal, fish, creams, salads. It is also to flavor vinegar, wine, juices and cocktails. The oil derived from its leaves is used to flavor chewing gums. Dried leaves are used in the production of creams, ice cream, sweets and liquor, which is considered as a tonic.

To prepare a spearmint decoction, boil some leaves in a cup of boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Filter and drink warm with honey.

To prepare an infusion, pour a teaspoonful of spearmint in a cup of boiling water and leave it infuse for 10-15 minutes.

*Sakis Kouvatsos, “Haniotika nea”

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