Season 2 Episode 5:
Spearmint Benefits with Jenny McGruther


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Episode Summary

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) has gifts for helping women to balance hormones naturally, a multitude of culinary uses, and the advantage of being a familiar and easily accessible herb. 

Join me as I discuss spearmint with nutritional therapist, herbalist and brilliant cookbook author Jenny McGruther. You’ll also receive Jenny’s fabulous recipe for Honeyed Oranges with Cardamom, Coriander, and Mint.

Listen in for:

► The role elders can play in introducing the younger generation to herbs

► The advantages of common herbs

► The power of small, incremental steps

► The ingredient many people are missing in their meals

It was a real pleasure to spend time with Jenny and I’m excited to share our conversation with you!



It’s easy to constantly look for whatever the newest superfood is [but] so many beneficial things are right in your own backyard or your garden, and spearmint is a really fun one.



What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [00:37] Introduction
  • [02:50] How an elderly neighbor, a gourmet cooking club, an illness and a farmer’s market got Jenny started working with herbs
  • [08:27] Why Jenny loves spearmint (Mentha spicata)
  • [10:21] Why spearmint is part of Jenny’s strategy for managing and healing polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) 
  • [11:31] Culinary uses for spearmint
  • [14:01] How to grow spearmint in a pot
  • [15:09] Jenny’s recipe for Honeyed Oranges with Cardamom, Coriander, and Mint
  • [17:28] Jenny shares simple ideas for cooking with herbs and spices
  • [19:00] How small steps can transform your relationship with food
  • [20:22] The ingredient many people are missing in their meals
  • [23:16] Jenny talks about reviving lost culinary and herbal wisdom and recipes
  • [25:42] How herbs surprised Jenny while she was testing recipes for Vibrant Botanicals


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