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Spearmint Leaf is used as a flavoring in many dishes, candies, and beverages, and as an ingredient in cosmetics. Medicinally, Spearmint Leaf is similar to Peppermint in action, though it is considered to be milder. For this reason, Spearmint Leaf has traditionally been used in treating stomachaches in children. A decoction of Spearmint Leaf was formerly gargled to prevent gum disease and whiten the teeth, and it is still used in many toothpastes. Spearmint Leaf is primarily used in ailments of the digestive tract, including indigestion, flatulence, vomiting, colic, and hiccups. It has also been used as a mild diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and as a fever reducer.