Difference between Peppermint and Spearmint

Although they are often confused, mint and spearmint (also known as spearmint) are different plants. Although they share some qualities, they are different plant species.

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Scientific name peppermint mentha spicata
Introduction Mint is a hybrid that is obtained from the mixture between aquatic mint and spearmint. It has been artificially cultivated since the 17th century. She is originally from England. On the other hand, peppermint is a species of the genus Mentha . 

It is an herb appreciated for its fresh aroma, widely used in cooking and in the preparation of beauty products. It is also an important medicinal plant of ancient use.

  • It inhibits the development of some bacteria.
  • It also works as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Clears the airways.
  • Improves the assimilation and processing of food.
  • It is rich in vitamins B1, B2, C, E as well as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
  • Relieves upset stomach, as well as heartburn and reflux.
  • It is antibacterial.
  • It works like old.
  • Helps relieve muscle cramps as well as burns topically.
  • It is anti-irritant and analgesic.
  • It is rich in vitamins A, B2 and C, as well as magnesium, manganese, potassium, fiber and omega 3.
Applications Mint has several uses. For example, those listed above as a medicinal plant. In addition, it is used for human consumption in preparations such as infusions, sweets, dressings, sauces, liqueurs and desserts. When consuming it, it is recommended to be attentive to possible reactions such as hypersensitivity and irritability, which are relatively frequent. As a medicinal plant it has several uses (see those listed in the table above).
In gastronomy it can be consumed as an infusion (like a tea), as a candy flavoring and as a dressing or scented herb to flavor dishes. Peppermint is served in mojitos, a famous alcoholic drink. The indistinct use of mint or peppermint does not usually represent a major problem, since they have similar characteristics and flavor.

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