Mentha Spicata, the Spearmint plant, is a herbaceous perennial and a member of the Lamiaceae (mint) family. The plant is native to Europe and Asia and recognised for its highly fragrant dark green leaves and terminal spikes from which small pink, white, and lilac flowers grow. The name Spearmint comes from the spear-like shape of the leaves.
Spearmint essential oil has plenty of applications in everyday life. For example, it is commonly used to flavour products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, lip balm, and candy, and to scent cosmetics and home products. However, the benefits don’t end there.
Spearmint promotes fresh breath and is commonly utilised in the kitchen however, as well as adding a lovely flavour, it also supports the digestive system. Aromatic use is popular for the desirable scent; however, it also lifts the mood and encourages a sense of focus. Used topically, spearmint helps to soothe muscles, joints, and nerves.
Use three to four drops in a diffuser of your choice.
Spearmint essential oil can be applied neat or mixed with a carrier oil.
Spearmint essential oil is safe for neat application without the need for a carrier oil.
Blends well with
Supports the digestive system
Spearmint has a relaxing effect on the digestive tract, which can help to support digestive health. Apply over the abdomen or take in a capsule to support your digestive system.
Eliminates bad breath
A common ingredient in products designed to freshen the breath, it’s no surprise that spearmint essential oil helps with bad breath. Add a drop to a glass of water, swish around the mouth, and swallow.
Supports the respiratory system
The topical and aromatic use of Spearmint essential oil also supports the respiratory system. Apply to the chest and back or diffuse.
Improves the appearance of scars and blemishes
Apply Spearmint essential oil topically to scars and blemishes to help improve their appearance.
Cools the body
Apply Spearmint essential oil to the back of the neck to benefit from its cooling properties.
Topical use of Spearmint essential oil can also help you to focus. Apply to the back of the neck and under the nose.
Lifts the mood
If you’re feeling down, diffuse Spearmint essential oil and apply some to the back of the neck to reduce feelings of sadness and fatigue.
Reduces feelings of stress and anxiety
Spearmint also has calming properties that help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Diffuse and apply to the back of the neck when you are feeling nervous or stressed.
Maintains regular menstruation
Diffuse Spearmint essential oil and apply to the back of the neck or over the abdomen to help maintain regular menstruation.
Relieves tension in the head and neck
Apply to the head and neck, and diffuse to relieve head and neck tension.
Restores emotional balance
Use topically and aromatically to go from feeling weary to feeling refreshed.