Mentha spicata, from which Spearmint Essential Oil is distilled, is a native of the Mediterranean, Asia, The Middle East, China and has been naturalised in some 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.
Unlike Peppermint, a cultivar of Spearmint and Water Mint – it contains far less menthol and menthone. It is caled Spearmint simply because of its pointed leaves.
Reported Attributes of Spearmint Essential Oil:-
Traditional and Emotional uses reportedly include:-
Aromatherapists claim the therapeutic properties of Spearmint 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.
Spearmint Essential Oil Blends Well With:-
Although Spearmint blends well with most essential oils, it blends particularly well with Basil, Birch, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Lavender and Rosemary.
The ancient Greeks used Spearmint 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.