Mentha spicata species.
From the Lamiaceae family it is grown predominantly in USA and Australia.
A hardy branched perennial herb with bright green, lance shaped leaves and quickly spreading underground runners. Produced by steam distillation of the flowering tops and leaves.
Properties are antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, emmenagogue, insecticide, restorative, stimulant. Shares similar properties with peppermint. It has trace constituents of menthol so is less harsh on the skin.
It is a good choice for children with digestive problems, such as nausea, flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea but must never be taken orally or used neat on the skin.
Methods of use:Bath, vaporisation and massage.
Cautions: Do not use in pregnancy – Do not use on especially sensitive skin.