Spearmint, also known as garden mint, common mint, lamb mint and mackerel mint, is a species of mint, Mentha spicata, native to Europe and southern temperate Asia, extending from Ireland in the west to southern China in the east. It is naturalized in many other temperate parts of the world, including northern and southern Africa, North America and South America. It is used as a flavouring in food and herbal teas. The aromatic oil, called oil of spearmint, is also used sometimes as a scent. Spearmint is very rich in antioxidants which is very beneficial for skin. Drinking spear mint tea can cure skin problems such as acne, dark spots, dullness and wrinkles. How to harvest Mint and store it for later? Sort through the fresh mint leaves to make sure all stems and any damaged leaves are removed. ... Pull out an empty ice cube tray and place two to three mint leaves into each section, filling it about halfway. Fill the remainder of each square with cold water and place it in the freezer. Where does mint naturally grow? All mints thrive near pools of water, lakes, rivers, and cool moist spots in partial shade. In general, mints tolerate a wide range of conditions, and can also be grown in full sun. Mint grows all year round. Spearmint: Common Name Mentha spicata: Plant Type Herbaceous Perennial: Mature Size 18-36 inches: Sun Exposure Full Sun- Part Shade.
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