Spearmint Essential Oil
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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.
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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
- Origin: USA
- Note: Top
- Extraction method: Steam distilled
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.
Spearmint has a stimulating action that can help to lift the spirits, relieve fatigue and aid concentration. Also beneficial for nervous conditions.
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
Limonene 24%, Linalool 0.2%
To stimulate and the lift the mind
Create a pulse point roller blend with 10ml Grapeseed oil, 2 drops Spearmint, 1 drop Lemon and 1 drop Bergamot Mint. Mix well and pour into a rollette bottle. Then roll onto your pulse points throughout the day to stay wide awake and energised.
For headaches and migraine relief
Spearmint is a wonderful essential oil for headaches and migraines as it has cephalic (brain stimulating) properties. Mix 15ml Aloe Vera Gel, 2 drops Spearmint, 2 drops Basil and 2 drops Lavender and apply to your temples as needed.
To support the respiratory and immune systems
To help fight off bugs, improve immunity and aid respiratory problems such as coughs, colds, asthma and bronchitis try a steam inhalation. Add 4 drops Spearmint, 2 drops Eucalyptus and 2 drops Ravensara to a bowl of boiling hot water. Cover your head with a towel, close your eyes, lean over the bowl and inhale the scent for up to 10 minutes at a time.
To soothe digestive problems
Diffuse 4 drops Spearmint essential oil, 2 drops Mandarin and 1 drop of either Grapefruit or Peppermint in an essential oil burner or diffuser.
To cleanse and calm the skin
Spearmint can help to alleviate red, inflamed or itchy, irritated skin, as well as help cleanse and balance oily skin.
Add 1 drop Spearmint essential oil to 5ml of Cleansing Lotion and use as a cleanser, and/or add 1 drop to 5ml Chamomile Hydrolat and use as a skin toner. You could also add 1 drop of Spearmint to Aloe Vera Gel and use as a soothing face mask.
To calm itchy, irritated or inflamed skin conditions mix up to 5 drops Spearmint with 10ml Moisturising Lotion and gently massage into affected areas twice a day.
Always patch test first.
Revitalising foot soak for tired, sore feet
Mix up to 10 drops of Spearmint essential oil with a cup of Epsom Salt and add to a bowl of warm water. Sit back and soak your feet for up to 15 minutes.