BOTANICAL NAME: mentha spicata
DISTILLATION METHOD: steam
PARTS USED: flowering tops, leaves
FOOD GRADE: yes
GMO CONTENT: none
FRAGRANCE: fresh, minty, sweet (the non-organic "Far West" smells minty, but also has a very "dirty, earthy, herbaceous" scent)
BLENDS WELL WITH: bergamot, birch, ginger, jasmine, lavender, sandalwood, basil, eucalyptus, rosemary.
PHYSICAL & AROMATIC BENEFITS: cooling, energizing, refreshing, revitalizing, ant repellent, antiseptic, colic, deodorant, diarrhea, emollient, flatulence, hemorrhoids, indigestion, morning sickness, moth repellent, mouse repellent, nausea, nervine, soothing agent, stomachaches.
MAGICAL USES: comfort, healing, sleep (for protection).
Spearmint has been a substitute for peppermint and possesses similar medicinal properties, due to presence of similar compounds in its makeup.
Definitions of Therapeutic Properties:
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Antispasmodic: referring to something that suppresses spasms.
Carminative: relieves discomfort of gas in the digestive tract.
Cephalic: This oil has a relaxing and cooling effect on brain; it helps cure headaches and other stress related neuro problems.
Disinfectant: a substance that kills germs and/or viruses.
Emmenagogue: stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, causing menstruation.
Insecticide: It is an effective insecticide; keeps away mosquitoes, white ants, ants, flies, and moths.
Stimulant: increases physiological or nervous activity in the body.
Other Benefits: The Essential Oil of Spearmint helps cure asthma and congestion, being a decongestant; gives relief from fever, flatulence, constipation, sinusitis, acne, gum and teeth problems, migraine, stress and depression. Being far lower in menthol content, it can be safely given to children.
Safety Warning: No real threats, but being an emmenagogue, it should not be taken while pregnant. May irritate mucous membranes. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.