Peppermint ~ Mentha piperita and Spearmint ~ Mentha spicata
Both peppermint and spearmint are a tasty addition to teas and infusions, foods and other medicinal preparations. Generally they are both considered to have similar properties with spearmint being milder and a bit less "spicy" making it a favorite for children. Mints are antiseptic and carminative therefore are great for illnesses associated with digestive upset. Mint also helps to clear mucus from the digestive tract. As a digestive herb mint gently stimulates the liver and gall bladder while relieving gas.