Botanical name: Mentha Spicata
Botanical family: Labiatae
Part of plant used: Leaves and flowering tops
Origin: Best cultivated in England, Asia and USA.
Description: Minty and sweet smelling.
History: Introduced to Britain by the early Romans, Spearmint was then later used for oral hygiene. Known as an aphrodisiac by the ancient Greeks.
Properties and Indications:
- Can ease headaches
- Helpful for diarrhea and flatulence as well as constipation
- Relieves nausea and vomiting
- Useful for those prone to car or sea sickness
- Helpful in childbirth
- Good for bad breath and sore gums
- Emmenagogue – helpful for heavy periods
- Stimulant for the appetite
- Uplifting and helps to clear the mind
- Do not use in pregnancy
- Avoid use on sensitive skin
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