Spearmint essential oil comes from the plant, Mentha spicata; it is very similar to peppermint. The only exception is the amount of menthol compound is very low compared to peppermint.
Spearmint can be used in place of peppermint and possesses similar medicinal properties. It has the same kinds of compounds.
The oil from the herb spearmint has attributes like peppermint; can act as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant and relaxant.
Peppermint can be too strong for many people but spearmint is the best alternative.
Key Benefits of Spearmint Essential Oil
- Helps relieve headaches and stress related nerve issues.
- Stimulates blood circulation.
- Relieves common respiratory problems like, nasal congestion, flu, sinus problems.
- Gets rid of flatulence and other gastro- intestinal discomfort.
- Helps with wounds and infections, used both internally and externally.
- Addresses menstrual problems due to inducing the secretions of the hormone estrogen.
Spearmint essential oil can be adding to food recipes and is used in drinks, toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gum.
In Aromatherapy, the fragrance is used to help alleviate fatigue, muscle pain and abdominal pain.
Believe it or not, spearmint essential oil is great as an insecticide. It is often added to insect repellants, fumigants and bug lotions.
If added to bathwater, spearmint oil will relax you.
A few precautions would be to discontinue use if your skin becomes irritated and it is not recommended to use if you are pregnant.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.