Spearmint Leaves, Mentha spicata
Spearmint is also known as Mint Tea. Peppermint is sharper and more mentholated than spearmint. A wake-me-up herb, great in tea alone or mixed with other herbs.
increases sweating while cooling internally
relieves muscle spasms
relaxes peripheral blood vessels
stimulates bile secretion
topical anesthetic (but can also be an irritant)
Mint is also contraindicated in those who have a hiatal hernia or heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Menthol can worsen the disease by relaxing the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach, allowing stomach acids to backwash into the esophagus.