Spearmint, the balsam of Crete.

Spearmint is called “valsamo” which translates to balsam in Crete. It’s a kind of mint and has the same aromatic properties. It’s used largely in Crete as a herb in both cooking and pastry and sweets making and it took the name balsam for it’s many soothing and therapeutic capabilities. It contains folic acid, riboflavin, vitamins A, B6, E, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, manganese and copper. It has many uses, as soothing gargle for mouth sores or diseases such as gingivitis, bad breath, sore throat and tonsillitis. as a tea is soothes digestive and gastrointestinal discomforts, it’s a sedative and it stimulates memory. It is also considered that combats insomnia, headaches and toothaches caused by inflammations. It has natural and essential oils which are used in aromatherapy for the same reasons as above but it also has antimicrobial and antipruritic action.

In this blog we will try to show you the best ways to use this magnificent aromatic herb plant.

Our advice of course: plant one in your garden or your balcony as well!


And a food we could not imagine to taste without spearmint: Stuffed vegetables.

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