24 November 2008

Spearmint oil is first and formost considered the more gentle version of Peppermint oil, suitable for use with children and others who may find peppermint too strong. Spearmint is valued around the world as a culinary herb, and for it's gentle medicinal properties.

Spearmint oil is sweeter than peppermint - peppermint will have an immediate strong aroma of menthol, whereas spearmint will have a sweet quality at the same time. Botanists consider peppermint to be a hybrid of spearmint and 'water' mint - an even sharper cousin in the mint family.

Botanical Name
Mentha spicata

Origin
United States

Color
Clear, pale yellow with a slight green tinge

Consistency/Viscosity
Thin and light consistency

Perfumery Note
Top

Aroma
Minty, slightly fruity aroma that is less bright than peppermint

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium

Extraction Method
Extracted from flowering tops using steam distillation

Constituents and Chemical Composition
a-pinene, B-pinene, carvone, 1,8-cineole, linalool, limonene, myrcene, caryophyllene, menthol

Therapeutic Properties
Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, emmenagogue, insecticide, restorative and stimulant

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Spearmint oil Has been traditionally been used for stimulating the mind, supporting digestion, as a decongestant and insect repellent
  • Spearmint oil is cleansing and uplifting, and the aroma will help sharpen the senses
  • Other : Asthma, exhaustion, fever, flatulence, nausea, scabies, vertigo, fatigue, sinusitis
    Spearmint is also considered an excellent headache remedy - rubbing a small amount into the temples can be effective
Precaution
  • Mucous membrane irritant
  • It is considered a non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil
  • Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician. NOT to be used on infants less than 30 months old
Blend With
Basil, Birch, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Lavender and Rosemary. Spearmint oil tends to overpower other oils and is not generally used in blends where the aroma is of concern

Recipe
  • Diffuse or add to water or rub on the stomach for digestion. Rub a small amount on the temples for headaches. Place a couple drops on the tongue to improve alertness - may be taken internally in small amounts
  • For an uplifting blend, try a ratio of 4 drops peppermint oil, 4 drops spearmint oil, 7 drops lavindin (or 4 lavender oil and 3 spike lavender oil) and 5 drops lemon oil. This can help bring alertness during study or long hours at work
  • For digestive complaints, on can take one or two drops internally, or dilute and rub on the stomach region
  • For bringing alertness, a drop or more can be inhaled directly from a handkerchief, or the oil can be used in a diffuser

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