SPEARMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
SPEARMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
Spearmint Oil is strong, too strong for some people. It may induce skin irritations and other side effects. If you're looking for a safer mint oil, look to peppermint's cousin: spearmint (Mentha spicata), also known by names such as the common or garden spearmint, green mint, fish mint, or our lady's mint
What Is Spearmint Oil?
There are many who believe that peppermint oil is just too strong and use spearmint oil instead. Mixing the two is another popular option.2 No matter your sensitivity, Spearmint essential oil is gentler than peppermint oil, especially for children. Although the oils possess similar properties, spearmint contains lower amounts of menthol compared to peppermint oil.
The use of spearmint oil dates back to ancient times. This perennial herb originated from the Mediterranean region. In Ayurvedic medicine, it was used to help treat digestive conditions, skin problems, and headaches
Uses of Spearmint Oil
The uses of spearmint oil extend beyond the kitchen and the medicine cabinet. For instance, it can also be used to help the mind relax or to instill positive emotions. I have compiled a list of spearmint oil's specific uses below:
- Aromatherapy Oil : Because of its menthol content, spearmint oil is often used in aromatherapy to help alleviate fatigue, headaches, migraines, nervousness, and even digestive problems.
- Food ingredient – Oil of spearmint is sometimes added to baked goods, frozen dairy, meats, beverages, and chewing gum. Note, however, that you are better off consuming whole, raw foods than these processed ones.
- Fragrance – This essential oil is added to certain types of perfume. It is commonly mixed with other herbs like jasmine, lavender, bergamot, and sandalwood.
- Ingredient in pharmaceutical products – It is often added to tooth powders, gargles, and toothpastes.
- Bath oil – When added to bath water, spearmint oil can induce relaxation and can cool you off by reducing your body temperature.
- Massage oil – With its antispasmodic properties, spearmint oil can help relieve muscle pain and even abdominal pain due to menstruation.
Benefits of Spearmint Oil
Spearmint oil's antimicrobial effects were also shown in another study, published in the Journal of Microbiology Research. It highlighted spearmint oil's effect on Bacillus subtilis, Aspergillus niger, and Candida albicans. The oil was most potent against Escherichia coli, and also exhibited benefits as an antiseptic and preservative.
Because of its potent antimicrobial nature, the use of spearmint essential oil can provide the following benefits:
- Because spearmint oil has antiseptic properties (due to the presence of menthol, myrcene, and caryophyllene), it can protect wounds and ulcers from infection and even help them heal faster.
- It can help treat internal wounds and infections in the stomach and intestines.
- Help relax nerves and muscle spasms due to its menthol content
- Let excessive gas pass naturally from your stomach and intestines
- Alleviate headaches and stress-related neural problems
- Address menstrual problems, such as irregular periods, obstructed menses, and early menopause as it induces the secretion of the hormone estrogen
- Stimulate nerves and brain function, as well as blood circulation
- Relieve common respiratory problems, such as colds, nasal congestion, asthma, and flu.
Mixes well with: Basil, Birch, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Lavender and Rosemary.
Caution : 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.