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Spearmint Essential Oil

Spearmint Essential Oil Profile

Whenever I'm concerned that Peppermint Essential Oil may overpower a blend or be a bit too stimulating, I turn to Spearmint Essential Oil either as a complete substitute for Peppermint Oil or to blend with the peppermint to tone it down. Spearmint Essential Oil is a more subtle oil than peppermint, but can be used for similar fragrancing and therapeutic applications. I especially enjoy incorporating Spearmint Oil into blends intended for easing headaches or stress. Its fresh, clean aroma blends well with other oils including peppermint, rosemary, basil, bay laurel, orange and lavender.

Spearmint Spearmint Oil

Botanical Name

Mentha spicata / Mentha cardiaca

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Leaves and Flowers/Buds

Color

Clear

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Top

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Minty, slightly fruity aroma that is less bright than peppermint.

Spearmint Oil Uses

Asthma, exhaustion, fever, flatulence, headache, nausea, scabies, vertigo. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 59-67.]

Major Constituents

(-)-Carvone
(+)-Limonene
(Z)-Dihydrocarvone
3-Octanol
Methone
1,8-Cineole
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 20. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 427.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young report that Spearmint Essential Oil is a potential mucous membrane irritant. They also caution that there is a low risk of skin sensitization and recommend a dermal maximum of 1.7%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 427-248.]

Shelf Life

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General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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