There are many varieties of mint. Spearmint and peppermint are two common varieties. Mint is a cooling herb, with a sweet taste and a pungent aftertaste.

Most varieties of mint are pacifying for all three doshas, and especially helpful for balancing Pitta. Mint is good for digestion as well as for respiratory system health. Its delicious flavor is found in many Maharishi Ayurveda herbal teas.

Mint is extensively used to make digestive lassi and chutneys. Tea-cut dried mint, along with other whole spices such as cinnamon, cloves and black pepper, is used to season rice.