Spearmint (Mentha Spicata) is a perennial plant that grows 11-40 inches tall and flourishes in temperate climates.
The use of spearmint oil dates back to ancient times. This perennial herb originated from the Mediterranean region. In Ayurvedic medicine, it was used to help treat digestive conditions, skin problems, and headaches. The historical record shows that it was used extensively in ancient Greece. It was added to baths and used to help treat sexually transmitted diseases, whiten teeth, and heal mouth sores.
It is widely used in gums, candies, and dental products for its minty taste, and to promote fresh breath. Spearmint has been used for centuries for its digestive benefits as well.
Its sweet, refreshing aroma is cleansing and uplifting, making it ideal to evoke a sense of focus and positive mood.
Spearmint is very different from Peppermint and is a much milder option to use on children and those with sensitive skin. No matter your sensitivity, Spearmint essential oil is gentler than peppermint oil. Although the oils possess similar properties, spearmint contains lower amounts of menthol compared to peppermint oil.
In cooking, Spearmint is frequently used in salads, drinks, and desserts, but it can also be used in homemade salad dressings and to marinate meats.
It is also known by names such as the common or garden spearmint, green mint, fish mint, or our lady’s mint.
- Diffuse to uplift mood
- Apply to toothbrush before brushing teeth for fresh breath
- Add a drop or two to any dessert, drink, salad, or entrée for flavoring and to promote digestion
- For occasional stomach upset, add 1–2 drops to water and drink
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the best essential oil diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.
- Promotes digestion and helps reduce occasional stomach upset
- Promotes a sense of focus and uplifts mood
- Cleanses the mouth and promotes fresh breath
Aromatic Description: Sweet, minty, fresh
Collection Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Plant
Main Constituents: Carvone, limonene, 1, 8-cineole, β-myrcene