Spearmint Essential Oil
Description: Spearmint Essential Oil (Mentha spicata) (also known green mint, or our lady’s mint) is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the herbs. Our Spearmint Oil is sourced from the USA and is Therapeutic Quality.
Aroma: Spearmint Essential Oil is a milder, gentler cousin of our Artisan Aromatics Peppermint essential oil. Spearmint has a significantly lower menthol content (0.5%) compared to Peppermint (40%). As a result, this oil is less bracing than Peppermint, but still has many of the same properties with a clean, refreshing scent, a sweeter startm and a more floral finish.
Uses: Spearmint Essential Oil has been used to relieve the symptoms of headaches such as pain and nausea, and to combat fatigue, nervousness, and digestive complaints. It has carminative, cephalic, emenagogue, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and restorative properties, and has also been used as natural insecticide.
This Oil blends well with tea tree, rosemary, basil, eucalyptus, clary sage, lavender and marjoram, as well as with other mints to create a more complex minty scent.
Precautions: Spearmint Essential Oil can be irritating to the skin, so it is important to dilute (5%) in a carrier oil (95%) such as fractionated coconut, or sweet almond oils for muscle massage; or dilute with evening primrose oil for neck, shoulder and temple massage for migraines or headaches.
Main Natural Constituents: Spearmint EO contains alcohols, esters, oxides, hydrocarbons, and ketones; it’s main components include menthol, alpha-and beta-pinene, linalool, caryophyllene, cavone, cineole, limonene, and myrcene.
History: Spearmint Essential Oil’s name is derived from the fact that it has pointed, spear-shaped leaves. Spearmint has multiple common names: Garden Spearmint, Green Mint, Fish Mint, Our Lady’s Mint, Spire, Green, Lamb, and Pea. Spearmint has been used as minty, breath-freshening flavoring agent used in oral hygiene products and leaves a cool, tingling sensation that leaves the mouth feeling clean. Spearmint is believed to be the oldest of the mints and began to be used in Ayurvedic medicine for the same purpose but to also soothe skin problems and headaches.
Spearmint originated in the Mediterranean region and was widely used in Greece as an aphrodisiac and was also used to give a sweet scent to bath water.
In addition to this great spearmint oil, we also have an organic spearmint oil.