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.
|County of Origin||South Africa|
|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|
|Note Classification||Top | Middle|
|Method of Extraction||Steam Distilled|
|Blends well with||Basil, Birch Sweet, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Lavender,Rosemary.|
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.
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.
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.