Cool, sweet and refreshing, spearmint is truly the monarch of the mint family. Father of the favored prince, peppermint, spearmint is respected and desired for its potent aroma and equally potent taste. It is thus named for its bright green spearhead-shaped leaves, and though it was once indigenous to the Mediterranean, today it can be found almost anywhere on the planet. Unknown to most, however, is that the ancient civilizations that first cultivated the herb did not use it only for its stimulating taste, but also for its remarkable health benefits. Spearmint offers a wealth of helpful properties, especially when brewed into a refreshing cup of spearmint tea.