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Spearmint is very similar to peppermint, but slightly sweeter. Naturalists say it is an antispasmodic, emmenagogue, insecticide, parturient and stimulant. Masage therapists say if it is used in full body massage, use only a minute amount; and that a massage in local areas may be preferable to a full body treatment. Keep away from the eyes as it is an eye irritation, as well as irritating to sensitive skin. Must be avoided in pregnancy, and spearmint could antidote homeopathic remedies. Spearmint has been used by aromatherapists to stimulate a tired mind. It is said to be helpful with digestive problems such as vomiting , flatulence, constipation and diarrhea. It is said to relax stomach muscles, relieves hiccups and nausea. Indidans used it to help with seasickness, releases retention of urine and apparently dissolves kidney stones, and to control an overabundance of breast milk as well as relieving hardening of the breasts. It is said that it could cause the flow of heavy periods and leucorrhea. It is said to promote easier labor during childbirth. It is said to be good for headaches, bad breath, sore gums, sores and scabs. Blends well with basil, grapefruit and rosemary.

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Last update, September 19, 2003.