Mentha spicata nana, a North African relative of spearmint and from which Nana Mint Essential Oil is distilled, is a native of North Africa, specifically abundant in Morocco and has been naturalised in some other parts of northern and western Africa and North and South America. It is a hardy perennial herb and reaches about 1 metre (3 feet) in height. It has characteristic lance-shaped leaves with pink or lilac-coloured flowers. It is sometimes known as Mentha viridis nana.
Unlike Peppermint, a cultivar of Spearmint and Water Mint – it contains far less menthol and menthone. It is the mint famous for Tuareg Tea and other North African Mint teas.
Reported Attributes of Nana Mint Essential Oil:-
Traditional and Emotional uses reportedly include:-
Aromatherapists claim the therapeutic properties of NananMint essential oil are: as a local/topical anesthetic, antispasmodic, astringent, decongestant, stimulant and restorative. It is also credited with being an uplifting oil great for alleviating fatigue and depression. It is reputed, as a fumigant, to be an excellent insect repellent.
Nana Mint Essential Oil Blends Well With:-
Although it blends well with most essential oils, it blends particularly well with Basil, Birch, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Lavender and Rosemary.
The ancient Greeks used Mint to scent their bath water. It also had a reputation for curing sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, and for whitening teeth and healing sore gums. This might be credited to its ability to mimic a local anesthetic and, of course, was not successful.