Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Bright, fresh, minty
Aromtherapy benefits: refreshing, cooling, vitalizing
Mental/Emotional: Depression, mental fatigue
Physical: Asthma, exhaustion, flatulence, headache, nausea, scabies
Spearmint has a minty, slightly fruity scent, softer than peppermint. A rich antioxidant, spearmint helps support the respiratory and nervous systems* and may help open and release emotional blocks leading to a sense of balance and well-being. Spearmint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food. Spearmint has an approximate ORAC of 5,398 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
For dietary, aromatic or topical use. When using as a supplement, put one drop in a capsule or in 4 fl. oz. of soy or rice milk.
Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.
Aromatherapy References & Resources:
Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy. 1st ed. Kurt Schnaubelt. Healing Arts Press, 1998.
Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 4e. 4th ed. Churchill Livingstone, 2011. Shirley Price Cert Ed FISPA MIFA FIAM, and Len Price Cert Ed MIT(Trichology) FISPA FIAM.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art. Kathy Keville. 2nd ed. Crossing Press, 2008.
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy. Kurt Schnaubelt. Healing Arts Press, 2011.
Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies. Fritz, Stephanie. Gently Born Publications, 2012.
Young Living Essential Oils
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA)