Description: GRAS- 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 lilac-colored flowers.
Common Uses: Spearmint benefits all respiratory problems (especially mucopurulent), refreshing to muscles, nervous, and glandular systems. Assists balancing the metabolism, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, anti-infectious, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, hormone-like (may release emotional blocks and brings balance), bronchitis, catarrh, bad breath, sore gums, hiccups, hypertension, candida, flatulence, indigestion, intestinal cramps, eases labor, reduces milk. Beneficial for flu, fevers, colic, releases retention of urine, nausea, fatigue, headache, migraine, nervous strain, neurasthenia stress (exhaustion), brings child-like innocence and lightness. It is also believed to be an uplifting oil, great for alleviating fatigue and depression.
Blends 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 its ability to mimic a local anesthetic.
Cautions: Spearmint Essential Oil may irritate mucous membranes. Avoid use during pregnancy.