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in botany, common name for members of the Labiatae, a large family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs. Several species are shrubby or climbing forms or, rarely, small trees.
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Related to Peppermint but with spearmint taste and smell. Pale violet pinkish flowers, square stem, hairless leaves and stem. Antiseptic, antispasmodic, stimulant. Used to relieve bronchitis, fevers, headache, gas (flatulence), calm nerves, stress, spasms, cramps, stomach pains, indigestion, nausea, sinus congestion, motion sickness, morning sickness, diarrhea, colds, flu. Helps stop vomiting during pregnancy. Gentle colic relief for babies. Mouth freshener- chew leaves. Makes a great tasting tea. Gives sensation of “cooling”, (opposite of cayenne) Helps treat cancerous growths and tumors.
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Mentha spicata. An aromatic plant of the mint family, Labiatae; the leaves are used as a flavoring in foods.
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a purple-flowered mint plant, Mentha spicata, of S and central Europe, cultivated for its leaves, which yield an oil used for flavouring
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