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Botanical Name: Mentha
Plant Part: Flower Head
Extraction Method: Steam
Description: Spearmint is a native of
the Mediterranean area. A hardy perennial herb, Spearmint reaches about 1 meter
(3 feet) in height. It has characteristic lance-shaped leaves with pink or
Color: Pale Yellow with a slight
Common Uses: Aromatherapists claim
the therapeutic properties of Spearmint essential oil are: as a local/topical
anesthetic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, decongestant, digestive,
diuretic, expectorant, stimulant and restorative. It is also believed to be an
uplifting oil great for alleviating fatigue and depression.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Although Spearmint
blends well with most essential oils, it blends particularly well with Basil,
Birch, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Lavender and Rosemary.
Aromatic Scent: Spearmint has a fresh
minty smell reminiscent of Peppermint. The major difference is that Spearmint
oil is sweeter, and not quite as harsh.
History: 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 it\'s ability to mimic a local
Cautions: May irritate mucous
membranes, but generally Spearmint has no definitive cautions.
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