Spearmint

  • Denys J. Charles
Chapter

Abstract

Spearmint is a perennial, hardy branched plant with strong antioxidant properties and this is correlated to the phenolic and flavonoid compounds. This chapter describes the botany, history, producing regions, flavor and aroma, parts used, and active constituents. The chapter also highlights the uses of spearmint in different recipes around the world. Spearmint has been reported to have anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, restorative, stimulant, stomachic, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Finally the medicinal uses, functional properties, and antioxidant properties of spearmint are discussed in great detail.

Keywords

Flavonoid Quercetin DPPH Polyphenol Benzoyl 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denys J. Charles
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  1. 1.Frontier Natural Products Co-opNorwayUSA

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