Mentha spicata

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A perennial herb used as a carminative in tea. It may be of use for hirsutism in women due to anti-androgenic effects, with the caveat that it causes lipid peroxidation in the kidney and liver. Spearmint oil has antifungal activity, which is less than that of oregano, as well as anti-oxidant activity.

Mentha spicata,

n spearmint. See mint.
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The leaves and stems of Amaranthus viridis in combination with leaves and stems of Aerva sanguinolenta and leaves of Mentha spicata were administered orally by the Kavirajes as treatment of malnutrition in newly delivered mothers.
Peppermint, the sterile tetraploid hybrid of Mentha aquatica and Mentha spicata, is commonly cultivated for commercial production of the essential oil, the drug Menthae piperitae folium, and the fresh herb.
Seasonal variation of essential oils in a linalool-rich chemotype of Mentha spicata grown wild in Greece.
In our studies on the chemical composition of fresh leaves of Mentha spicata from Italy [33], considerable differences were observed in the essential oil composition between Low and High-Friuli: 24 compounds have been identified in the essential oil of Mentha spicata from Low-Friuli.