- Spearmint is an aromatic herb. The leaves and oil are used to make medicine.
Spearmint is used for digestive disorders including:
- Upper gastrointestinal tract spasms
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Bile duct and gallbladder swelling (inflammation)
It is also used for:
- Sore throat
- Inflammation of respiratory tract
- Local pain-killer
- Anti-spasm medication.
Spearmint is applied directly to the skin for:
- Swelling inside the mouth
- Local muscle and nerve pain
- Skin conditions including pruritus and urticaria.
- In foods and beverages, spearmint is used as a flavoring agent.
- In manufacturing, spearmint is used in health food products, cosmetics, and oral hygiene products such as mouthwash and toothpaste.
- Spearmint seems to be safe when taken by mouth in food or medicinal amounts or when applied to the skin.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of spearmint during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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Source: WebMD, “Spearmint”, www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/