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Spearmint Essential Oil: Its Origin, Uses, and Benefits

Common Name: Spearmint

Latin Name: Mentha spicata

Aromatherapy Uses: Spearmint Essential Oil is good to fight colds and flu as well as help with Asthma and bronchitis. It is also a good stress-reducing oil, fighting fatigue, nervousness, and helps with migraines.

Spearmint Essential Oil is frequently combined with Peppermint Oil, as its effects alone are not as strong as Peppermint. That said, it is an excellent oil to use with children for the above maladies.

Discussion: Spearmint takes its name from its crinkled leaves, which resemble the shape of the blade of a spear. It has oblong, lanceolate, sub-acute, serrate leaves, and slender spikes of flowers. It grows in watery places. A famous cultivar is Mentha spicata ‘Nana’, the Nana mint of Morocco, which possesses a clear, pungent, but mild aroma and is an essential ingredient of Touareg Tea.

Oil Extraction Method: Spearmint Essential Oil is obtained from steam distillation of the flower tops.

Oil Characteristics: Spearmint Essential Oil is a light yellow to light green liquid with a warm mint-like scent.

Plant Distribution: Native to the Mediterranean region, Spearmint grows well in nearly all climates. Gardeners often grow healthy specimens in pots or planters due to its invasive spreading nature. Spearmint Oil is produced in several countries, including China, Russia, and USA. For more information on Spearmint from Wikipedia, click here -> Spearmint

Scent Blending: Spearmint Essential Oil blends well with Basil, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Lavender, Peppermint, and Rosemary.

Safety Notes: Non-Irritating, non sensitizing, and non-toxic.

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