Spearmint, or Mentha spicata, is a type of mint similar to peppermint.

It’s a perennial plant that hails from Europe and Asia but now commonly grows on five continents around the world. It gets its name from its characteristic spear-shaped leaves.

Spearmint has a pleasantly sweet taste and is frequently used to flavor toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum and candy.

One common way to enjoy this herb is brewed into a tea, which can be made from either fresh or dried leaves.

Yet, this mint is not only tasty but may also be good for you.

Here are 11 surprising health benefits of spearmint tea and essential oil.