Spearmint essential oil has a typical warm, minty, herbaceous aroma. It has similar applications to Peppermint but is considered more gentle and a better option for children.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is a hardy, perennial herb native to the Mediterranean. It reaches about 1m in height and has bright, green, sharply serrated leaves and spikes of pink or lilac-coloured flowers. The Latin name ‘Mentha spicata’ literally means ‘spiky mint’ and the name ‘spearmint’ has been derived from the plants spear-shaped leaves. Spearmint essential oil is extracted from the plant’s flowering tops by steam distillation. The medicinal properties of Spearmint have long been recognised. The Ancient Greeks used it to fragrance their bath water and to treat infectious skin diseases such as athlete’s foot, dermatitis and scabies. In medieval times Spearmint was used to heal sore gums and whiten teeth and it was also added to drinking water to prevent contamination during long voyages. Today, Spearmint is valued all over of the world as a culinary herb and it is the mint that is most often used in Britain for cooking. Spearmint essential oil has similar therapeutic properties to Peppermint but is a lot milder, so is more suited to people with sensitive skin or for children. It is a great alternative to Peppermint if you find Peppermint a bit too strong or over-stimulating. It can either be used as a total substitute or can be used alongside Peppermint to soften the blend.
Species: Mentha spicata
Plant family: Lamiaceae
Extraction method: Steam distilled
Safety Note: Non-toxic.
Skin: Spearmint has a soothing, calming, cooling effect on itchy, red, inflamed and irritated skin conditions. Its cleansing action can also help to decongest oily and blemish prone skin. Spearmint contains far less menthol than Peppermint and is therefore a good choice for people with sensitive skin or for children.
Mind: Spearmint has a stimulating action that can help to lift the spirits, relieve fatigue and aid concentration. Also beneficial for nervous conditions.
Body: Spearmint can be helpful for a wide range of digestive problems including nausea, indigestion, wind and IBS. It is also beneficial for headaches, migraines and respiratory problems such as congested coughs, colds, asthma and bronchitis.
Blends well with: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Sweet Orange and Peppermint
Allergens Listing: Limonene 24%, Linalool 0.2%