Essential Oil of the Month: Spearmint
Cooling, refreshing, crisp and uplifting, Spearmint brings sweetness and joy after a long, dreary winter.
With many similarities to peppermint, Spearmint’s name comes from their spear-shaped leaf (or in some references to its spikey blooms), whereas peppermint has rounded leaves. Also, Spearmint is known as a gentler mint. It has been said that peppermint is a command, while spearmint is a suggestion. The difference is the menthol content. Peppermint has as much as 40% menthol, whereas Spearmint contains approximately 1%.
Spearmint may help with the following:
Digestive Issues such as nausea and indigestion
Nervous tension and stress
Colds and congestion
Spearmint was valued in ancient Greece as an aphrodisiac as well as for its refreshing qualities, spreading the leaves on floors in homes and in bathwater. It even made it into their mythology, wherein a jealous goddess transformed her rival, a nymph known as Minthe, into a plant. From this mythology, Spearmint has come to be associated with metamorphosed beauty.
In 1620 it was noted by physician Tobias Venner that Spearmint “doth greatly comfort the braine and spirits, stirre up the senses, especially the memorie, and make the heart cheerefull.” He also recommended it for studying.
In the Middle Ages, Gilbertus Anglicus, a 13th-century physician, discovered and recommended Spearmint to freshen breath. Indeed, that use has carried on to this day in mouthwashes, toothpastes, and gum, as well as teas and in soaps.
Most citrus oils, other mints, Lavender, Chamomile, Rosemary, Jasmine or Ylang ylang.
For a Refreshing, uplifting yet relaxing blend, mix the following:
- 3 drops Lavender
- 2 Drops Spearmint
- 1 Drop Ylang ylang
Use in a diffuser or add to 2oz distilled water for a room spritz. Roll the spray bottle in your hands to warm and blend before spraying.
Spearmint Product Suggestions
Precautions: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Consult a physician before using any essential oils if there are any underlying health conditions.