Spearmint Essential Oil
Spearmint is a perennial herb and the spearmint essential oil is extracted from the plant with the botanical name Menthe spicata.
Spearmint is also known as common or garden spearmint and spire, green, lamb, pea and fish mint. Spearmint oil is a good alternative to peppermint essential oil if you want a less stronger smelling version of mint.
What does spearmint essential oil smell like?
A similar aroma to peppermint oil, spearmint is refreshing and minty.
Which part of the plant provides the oil?
The flowering tops.
Where has spearmint been sourced from?
This particular spearmint oil originates from the United States.
How is spearmint essential oil extracted?
Spearmint oil is extracted by steam distillation.
This involves using steam from boiling water to extract the essential oil from the plant.
The heat from the steam causes the plant’s cell walls to open allowing the essential oil to be released.
What other oils blend well with spearmint essential oil?
Spearmint essential oil blends well with basil, bergamot, eucalyptus, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, peppermint, rosemary and sweet orange.
How can I benefit from spearmint essential oil?
The smell of spearmint is well known to most people.
It is refreshing, energizing, mood uplifting and may help to relieve mental fatigue.
Because it’s slightly antiseptic it may be useful for minor skin irritations and can help to repel insects. The properties of spearmint oil resemble those of peppermint but its effects aren’t as powerful so can be a useful oil for children due to the lower menthol content.
It can help break up congestion and the vapours of spearmint essential oil may help breathing.
It has been used for a wide variety of ailments including asthma, bronchitis, catarrhal conditions, sinusitis, colic, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, colds, fatigue, headache, migraine, nervous strain and stress.
Spearmint is refreshing and rejuvenating, with a tantalising scent that will awaken your senses, uplift your mind, and help you achieve a state of mental calmness.
Are there precautions I should know about?
Spearmint oil should be avoided in therapeutic quantities during pregnancy.