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Spearmint is grown for its aromatic and carminative oil, referred to as oil of spearmint. It grows well in nearly all temperature climates. Spearmint is a species of mint native to central and southern Europe, where it grows in wet soils.
It is widely stated that the name comes from the "spear " shaped leaves. A possible source for the name is the monastic order of St. Pierre, whose monks are thought to have cultivated the herb.
Spearmint has served as an important medicinal herb for millennia. Beginning in about the fourteenth century, spearmint was used for whitening teeth, and its distilled oil is still used to flavor toothpaste and chewing gum.
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