Aroma:Minty. Spearmint is commonly known from chewing gum or candy, but the Essential Oil is much more strong and concentrated and should be used in moderation. Very fresh and clean smelling. The overall character and properties of Spearmint are very similar to Peppermint, but it is milder and less powerful, with a lower content of Menthol.
Latin Name:Mentha cardiaca
Country of Origin:China
Cultivation Method:Conventionally Grown
Extraction Method:Steam Distilled
Extracted From:Flowering herb
Color:Clear to pale yellow
Aromatherapy Properties:Refreshing, mental stimulant, energizing. Has been used to help enhance well-being of digestive and respiratory systems. Relieves bad breath. Good nerve tonic that helps with mental fatigue and nervous stress.
Suggested Use:Use in a diffuser to freshen your environment. Add 2-3 drops to a bowl of hot water to inhale the fragrant steam.
Add about 5 drops to 1oz. of unscented body care product for a fresh smelling, cooling product.
Spearmint is a GRAS approved food additive and is a great spice for desserts, syrups, yoghurt dishes etc. Please note that you will likely need less than a drop per dish. You may want to decrease concentration by blending it with a Carrier Oil, and if not, always measure the drops before adding them to the dish. You can also flavor syrup or honey with Spearmint, and then add it to water or herbal tea for a delightfully fresh minty flavor.
History:Used in both Western and Eastern Medicine for over 3,000 years.
Specific Safety Information:No known toxicity. GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) approved by the FDA as food flavor. Avoid high concentrations in skin care, since it can cause a burning sensation and sensitation. Do not use more than 1-2 drops per 1 oz. of body care. Do not use Peppermint Essential Oil while taking homeopathic remedies.