Herb Highlight: Mint Herb Highlight: Mint

19 Nov , 2015

Mint has become one of the staple holiday flavors, from candy canes to the famous peppermint hot cocoa; it’s everywhere this time of year!  Did you know that a large majority of items using “mint” as a  flavor are actually using spearmint and not peppermint?  Peppermint possesses much stronger cooling properties and flavor than spearmint with a very similar flavor profile so the switch is made!  

At Birds and Bees Teas we use both peppermint and spearmint in our tea blends.  We add peppermint and spearmint to Inner Peace and peppermint to Milk Be Gone.  A very small amount of peppermint is used as it can quickly overpower the flavor (and your sinuses!)

Mint plants are extremely easy to grow and come in many varieties- including a chocolate mint! Gardeners should be careful, however, as mint will take over your garden quite quickly, it is often planted in pots to contain the growth.

In addition to being used for flavor, mint is loved by herbalists for a number of reasons:

Herbalists traditionally use peppermint for: Upset Stomach, Vomiting, Nausea, Flatulence, Stomach Cramps,  Excess Breast Milk Production/ Drying up Breast Milk, Colic,  Inflammation, Cough,  Headache, Fever, Flu, Colds, and Lethargy.   

Spearmint is traditionally used for: Bad Breath, Nausea, Upset Stomach, Vomiting, Inflammation, Headache, Insomnia, Memory, and Focus.

Because spearmint is more mild than peppermint, it is often chosen for infants, small children and the elderly.  Both herbs are often mixed with other herbs such as ginger or chamomile when being used in a tea blend.

What do you love about mint?  What’s your favorite way to use it?


As always, consult with your healthcare provider before undergoing any changes to your healthcare regime.  These statements are educational and not intended to be taken as medical advice.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  

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Mint has become one of the staple holiday flavors, from candy canes to the famous peppermint hot cocoa; it’s everywhere this time of year!  Did you know that a large majority of items using “mint” as a  flavor are actually using spearmint and not peppermint?  Peppermint possesses much stronger cooling properties and flavor than spearmint with a very similar flavor profile so the switch is made!  

At Birds and Bees Teas we use both peppermint and spearmint in our tea blends.  We add peppermint and spearmint to Inner Peace and peppermint to Milk Be Gone.  A very small amount of peppermint is used as it can quickly overpower the flavor (and your sinuses!)

Mint plants are extremely easy to grow and come in many varieties- including a chocolate mint! Gardeners should be careful, however, as mint will take over your garden quite quickly, it is often planted in pots to contain the growth.

In addition to being used for flavor, mint is loved by herbalists for a number of reasons:

Herbalists traditionally use peppermint for: Upset Stomach, Vomiting, Nausea, Flatulence, Stomach Cramps,  Excess Breast Milk Production/ Drying up Breast Milk, Colic,  Inflammation, Cough,  Headache, Fever, Flu, Colds, and Lethargy.   

Spearmint is traditionally used for: Bad Breath, Nausea, Upset Stomach, Vomiting, Inflammation, Headache, Insomnia, Memory, and Focus.

Because spearmint is more mild than peppermint, it is often chosen for infants, small children and the elderly.  Both herbs are often mixed with other herbs such as ginger or chamomile when being used in a tea blend.

What do you love about mint?  What’s your favorite way to use it?


As always, consult with your healthcare provider before undergoing any changes to your healthcare regime.  These statements are educational and not intended to be taken as medical advice.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  

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