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Mentha spicata L.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
A hardy perennial mint with bright green serrated leaves, spearmint has served as an important medicinal herb for millennia. Originally native to the Mediterranean countries, it is now common in many parts of the world. The Bible records that the ancient Pharisees paid tithes to their Temple in anise, cumin and spearmint. The sixteenth century English herbalist Gerard quotes the Roman historian Pliny, "The smell of Mint does stir up the minde and the taste to a greedy desire of meate." Beginning in about the fourteenth century, spearmint was used for whitening teeth, and its distilled oil is still used to flavor toothpaste and chewing gum, although it is not as commonly used as peppermint.
Volatile oil, menthol, menthone, d-limonene, neomenthol, tannins and very small amounts of essential oil containing about 50% carvone.
The leaf, dried and cut.
Taken as a tea and added to other herbal mixtures for flavor. Also used in some culinary creations.
The essential oil and hydrosol have also been used for both culinary and flavoring purposes.
Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Spearmint or known as Mentha spicata as its scientific name is the species of mint which has the pleasant smell. This species has been used for the toothpaste, cosmetics, mouthwashes, and is valuable to be natural medications. Moreover, it has the good aroma which is similar to the peppermint, yet, it contains less menthol than peppermint and has a sweeter taste. Further, spearmint has the pointed leaves like spears with the length between 5-9 centimeters long and 1.5-3 centimeters wide.
The leaves of spearmint have been used for health products caused by the presence of vital nutrients in it. It can be consumed as a fresh one or used as an essential oil. For instance, people use spearmint to deal with nausea, cramps, and sore throat. Indeed, you can use spearmint leaves as it offers you the healing properties.
Furthermore, check the nutritional profile below to know the detailed information of spearmint leaves.
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