Spearmint - Mentha spicata

From the mint family, Spearmint is similar in action to Peppermint, but has other properties too. Like Peppermint, Spearmint oil is very clearing and makes a good inhalant oil, but it is particularly good at reviving mental fatigue and strengthening negative emotions. Some people prefer the slightly more gentle odour of Spearmint to Peppermint oil. Cooling, clearing and reviving. 

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County of Origin South Africa
Botanical Family Lamiaceae
Therapeutic Properties Anti-asthmatic, Anti-emetic, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-septic, Astringent, Carminative, Cephalic, Decongestant, Digestive stimulant, Digestive tonic, Diuretic, Energizing, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Nervine, Stimulant, Stomachic, Tonic
Chemical Family Ketones, Monoterpenes
Approx. Shelf Life 5 years
Plant Parts Leaves
Note Classification Top | Middle
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Basil, Birch Sweet, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Lavender,Rosemary.

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History: The ancient Greeks used Spearmint to scent their bath water. It also had a reputation for curing sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, and for whitening teeth and healing sore gums. This might be credited to its ability to mimic a local anesthetic.

Characteristics: Spearmint has a fresh minty smell reminiscent of Peppermint. The major difference is that Spearmint oil is sweeter, and not quite as harsh.

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Indications: Aromatherapists claim the therapeutic properties of Spearmint are: as a local/topical anesthetic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, decongestant, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant and restorative. It is also believed to be an uplifting oil, great for alleviating fatigue and depression.

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Subtle Aromatherapy:

Mode of Administration: Aroma lamp, bath, diffusor, inhaler, light bulb ring, liquid candle, mist spray, steam inhalation.

Safety: Spearmint may irritate mucous membranes. Avoid use during pregnancy.

 

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2005
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopeadia Britannica. USA, 2014
Photos attribution – istock Photos
Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
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        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
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    From the mint family, Spearmint is similar in action to Peppermint, but has other properties too. Like Peppermint, Spearmint oil is very clearing and makes a good inhalant oil, but it is particularly good at reviving mental fatigue and strengthening negative emotions. Some people prefer the slightly more gentle odour of Spearmint to Peppermint oil. Cooling, clearing and reviving. 

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