Like peppermint, spearmint, or Mentha spicata, is a member of the mint family. It is a shrub originally native to much of Europe and Asia, though it is now cultivated worldwide. Spearmint essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves or the flowering tops of the plant. Spearmint essential oil has many of the same benefits and uses as peppermint oil. However, unlike peppermint oil, spearmint oil contains smaller quantities of menthol, which makes its aroma less intense and which reduces the likelihood that it might irritate the skin. In aromatherapy, spearmint can be used as a gentler substitute for peppermint oil.
Specific Benefits of Spearmint Essential Oil as follows:Stimulates and refreshes the mind... Thanks to its fresh and minty aroma, spearmint is a great choice for the times when you need some extra focus, clarity, or self-control.
Resolves digestive problems... Because of its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, spearmint can speed up the healing of wounds and ulcers in the intestines or the stomach. It also is used to relax the nerves and muscles of the digestive tract to provide relief from cramps and stomach aches.
Relieves headaches... Like peppermint, spearmint is a powerful essential oil used to relieve headaches and migraines. It relaxes blood vessels in the head and numbs inflamed nerves, and this leads to quick and effective headache relief.
Propertiess: Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Emmenagogue, Insecticide, Restorative, Stimulant
Blends with: Bergamot, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Melissa, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Scotch Pine, Tea Tree.
Recipes We Love:Inhalations To Stop Headaches:
1 drop Spearmint Essential Oil
1 drop Lavender Essential Oil
Simply put the drops of the essential oils on a cotton ball or a handkerchief and inhale. You can do this once you are already suffering from a headache, or regularly throughout the day to ward off headaches.
Massage Oil To Relieve Cramps:
3 drops Spearmint Essential Oil
6 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Clearing Up Breathing Trouble:
2 drops Spearmint Essential Oil
Put the drops on a cotton ball and inhale. Alternately, use the essential oils in a diffuser.