Mentha spicata

Mentha spicata L.

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

  • Garden Mint
  • Spearmint
  • نعنع سنبلي
  • na’na’ sunbuli
  • נַענ (genus)
  • na'na' (genus)

Hemicryptophyte?

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Mentha spicata L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Cancer

Cancer

Anti-carcinogenic

Decoct leaves + golden cotulla (? Matricaria aurea) + thyme (Thymbra sp.) & drink 1-2 cups/day until recovery.

Aerial parts, LatexZ
Child Health

Nocturnal enuresis in children

Anti-enuresis

Decoct plant & drink x1 small cup before bedtime.

Aerial partsB
Gastrointestinal

Abdominal pain & flatulence

Carminative

Decoct aerial parts & drink x1 cup/day as needed.

Aerial partsB
Gastrointestinal

Carminative (relieves flatulence etc.)

Carminative

Decoct plant & drink x1 cup + sugar after every meal.

LatexZ
Gastrointestinal

Diarrhea & abdominal pain

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal, Anti-spasmodic

Decoct plant in water & drink x4 cups/day. Also good for babies & children. (Amounts not specified.)

Aerial partsB
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatic pain

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Decoct plant in water & use decoction to massage x1/day.

LeafB
Respiratory

Asthma

Anti-asthmatic

Decoct plant in water & drink x1 cup during asthma attack.

Aerial partsB
Respiratory

Cough/ cold/ runny nose

Anti-Infective, Anti-catarrhal, Anti-tussive

Decoct plant in water & drink + sugar x3-4 cups/day.

Aerial partsB

Other Uses

Mentha spicata L.

System/StateComplaint / Use Activity / Interpretation Preparation and Administration
Parts Used

Source
Culinary

Bread flavouring

Seasoning

Add powdered plant to bread dough & bake.

Aerial parts LatexZ

The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

Mentha spicata contains menthol which may cause urticaria, allergic lip & mouth inflammation, oesophagitis , diarrhea , gastric problems, pancreatitis & glottic spasm when used nasally. Mentha genus has some species which contain eucalyptol, pulegone, methofuran, carvacrol & coumarin in the essential oil, which when taken in large amounts can cause abortion. Species rich in essential oil may have a CNS depressant effect. Direct application can be irritant.