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Spearmint, Leaf
(Mentha spicata)

Nurtured in rich, mature, biodynamic environments, Marjory Wildcraft Herbs grow potent and pure in pristine alpine valleys.

If you plan to extract and focus the medicines in these herbs—via tinctures, salves, infusions, or other preparations—you’ll find no better source on Earth than these biodynamically grown plants.

Each is an exceedingly rare, profound medicine that’s tended and harvested with tremendous care, nurtured with loving intentions, and filled with their most potent benefits.

Spearmint, Leaf (Mentha spicata) Overview

Spearmint may be best known for lending a "breath of freshness" to chewing gum, toothpaste, and so many more "cleaning" and hygiene products. But, beyond its characteristic aroma and fresh flavor, it carries some significant health benefits to impart to your herbal medicine cabinet.

Pleasantly aromatic and lightly sweet, its leaves and flowers provide the essential oil, Menthol. And it's other important components include alpha-pinene, ß-pinene, carvone, cineole, linalool, limonene, myrcene, and caryophyllene. Combining these antioxidant compounds with metabolism-balancing substances, Spearmint is a powerful tool for avoiding chronic diseases, many of which are caused by free radicals attacking healthy cells.

It is the mildest of all the mint-family but comes packed to the brim with more vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients than most other mints, too.

When consuming its vibrant green leaves in teas, infusions, or other ingested forms, you'll gain a boost of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron (148% of RDA*), and magnesium. Plus, it's rich in antioxidant vitamins, including; vitamin-A (provides 4054 IU or 135% of RDA*), β-carotene, vitamin-C, folates (26% of RDA*), vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), riboflavin, and thiamin.

(*RDA values above based on nutritional contents of 100g of dried herb)

All parts of the plant may be used in herbal preparations. However, most of the benefits (and the best flavor) are found within its leaves and flowers.

This valuable herb, revered since ancient times, is helpful for those with digestive issues, including nausea, flatulence, and hiccups as it relaxes the stomach muscles. In addition, a simple decoction is an excellent remedy for minor ailments like headaches, nervous strain, fatigue, and stress, as well as for respiratory troubles.

Topically, it can provide mild analgesic, local anesthetic, and counterirritant properties. When crafted into herbal creams or oils, it may directly help relieve itching, dermatitis, and hives. Plus, its aromatic properties can help relieve headaches, stress, fatigue, and nervous conditions from topical applications, too.

Herbal Profile

Botanical Name: Mentha spicata

Family: Lamiaceae

Other Common Names: garden mint, common mint, lamb mint, and mackerel mint

Product Contents: Leaves

Actions: Antiemetic, antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, restorative, stimulant and stomachic

Energetics: Cool

Taste: Sweet

Plant Uses: Skin health, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-tumor, chronic and acute inflammation, fevers, headaches, digestive disorders, and various minor ailments.

Preparations: Tinctures, oils, herbal infusions, teas, foods, topical creams, lotions, poultices, decoctions.

Toxicities/Warnings: Handling mint herbs may cause skin irritation in some individuals. Please handles with care and use protective gloves if you're unsure of your sensitivity. Not for use in excessive amounts during pregnancy and lactation. Consult your health practitioner before using any herbs or supplements, especially if you have any existing medical concerns.

"By focusing on Farm and Farmer first...  that’s how we consistently offer the world’s finest herbs.”
Marjory

The Biodynamic Farmer, Stephanie
And What Makes Her Herbs Extraordinary

"Biodynamic Botanicals is devoted to the research, education, and production of high-quality Demeter Certified Biodynamic herbs in order to yield highly potent, vibrant, healing herbs for people, pollinators, and our planet."
-Stephanie Syson

Stephanie Syson has spent the past decade with her hands and heart in the dirt.

Growing and using the powerful herbs that create vitality and wellness.

She has 10+ years of experience in the herbal product industry as well as over 13 years researching and practicing various forms of sustainable farming across the United States and Latin America.

As a Certified Permaculture Designer, an educator in the fields of Greenhouse Management, Seed Saving, and Herbalism, she lectures across the United States on topics such as Public Food Forests, Seed Saving Libraries, and Culinary and Medicinal Herb Growing.

Stephanie grew one acre of Biodynamic medicinal herbs at Sustainable Settings in 2016 and was overwhelmed at the quality, potency, and vibrancy of the botanicals.

Her passion turned into a full-time partnership with Brook and Sustainable Settings to expand the quantity and variety of healing herbs that will be offered in the seasons to come.

A Sustainable Setting

Situated under the majestic Sopris Mountain on 244-acres once known as the historic Thompson Creek Ranch. Sustainable Settings is a working ranch and Whole Systems Learning Center.

Their daily and long-term committed effort is to provide the arena and programming where human beings might find a harmonious regenerative intersection with Nature.

With true passion, they continually strive for direct and locally applicable solutions to climate change, food and energy security, and the regeneration of healthy topsoil, and health in all systems.

These are things that are paramount if we are to survive.

All effort is intended to move the culture into greater awareness of human beings’ responsible participation as humble stewards and reverent members within Nature’s economy.

Biodynamic Botanicals found its home here in 2016 and currently has 4 acres under cultivation.

Why Is The Demeter Biodynamic
Certification Important?

The US is one of the largest consumers of medicinal herbs. And our demand is increasing quickly.

While there has been an ever-growing push for production within our borders, as much as 80% of bulk herbs available now – even from the most well-respected suppliers - are shipped in from international farms to meet demand.

Not only does this increase our reliance on inefficient, earth-destroying supply chains…

It also means that much of the beneficial properties these herbs contained were destroyed as they are subjected to mandatory irradiation at ports of entry…

Even when the herbs have been grown organically on US soil, well, we all know that Organic label doesn’t mean a whole lot when coming from massive farms in our chemical-saturated world…

And perhaps, like me, you’d prefer your wellness-supporting herbs don’t come with a dose of radiation, possible contamination, or unknown growing practices.

But, what can you do?

How can you ensure the herbs you use and recommend are truly pure and potent?

Where can you find herbs truly worthy of being used medicinally, especially if you can’t grow them yourself?

These questions drove my tireless search for the absolute purest, most potent, and locally sourced herbs. And I was extremely lucky!

Right down the road from me, in the high-altitude and organic heartland of Colorado, I found radiant herbs that are grown with a method that far exceeds my expectations. A Demeter Biodynamic Certified, herb-focused farm. Idyllically placed among the rolling highlands and pure glacier streams of the western Rockies.

After spending some time visiting this farm, I can honestly say - Biodynamic is way beyond a fancy label!

It’s a method of growing that demands a deeply holistic, completely chemical-free farm.

A farm that relates the entire ecology of the earth to the larger cosmos. One that treats the soil, animals, and plants grown on this land as one whole and living organism.

On this only Demeter Biodynamic Certified herb farm in Colorado, at the top of a pristine watershed, each plant is mindfully grown. Planted among companion species, cared for according to natural cycles, and nurtured by deep, living soil - just as Mother Nature does it herself. Then each herb hand-harvested at its individual peak.

This careful and thoughtful work results in the most potent of medicinal herbs.

Powerful plants that provide vitality in you and help regenerate the earth in significant ways, too.

With these herbs you can have the same confidence that I do, knowing that you’re working with extremely potent herbs, and making the most effective medicines the earth can provide.