SPEARMINT Overview Information
Spearmint is an herb. The leaves and oil are used to make medicine.
Spearmint is used for digestive disorders including gas, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, upper gastrointestinal tract spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bile duct and gallbladder swelling (inflammation), and gallstones.
It is also used for sore throat, colds, headaches, toothaches, cramps, cancer and inflammation of respiratory tract. Some people use it as a stimulant, germ-killer, local pain-killer, and anti-spasm medication.
Spearmint is applied directly to the skin for swelling inside the mouth, arthritis, local muscle and nerve pain, and 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.
How does it work?
The oil in spearmint is thought to calm the stomach.
SPEARMINT Side Effects & Safety
Spearmint seems to be safe when taken by mouth in food or medicinal amounts or when applied to the skin.
Special Precautions & Warnings: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.
The appropriate dose of spearmint depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for spearmint. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.