Spearmint Essential Oil
I use Spearmint Essential Oil either as a complete substitute for Peppermint Essential Oil or to blend with the peppermint to tone it down whenever I'm concerned that the menthol in peppermint may overpower a blend.
Spearmint Essential Oil is a somehwat more subtle oil than peppermint because it contains significantly less menthol, but can be used for similar fragrancing applications. I especially enjoy incorporating Spearmint Oil into blends intended for easing headaches or stress.
Emmotionally, I find Spearmint Essential Oil to invigorating. Mentally, it helps me to move torwards "fresh" ideas.
Mentha spicata / Mentha cardiaca
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Leaves and Flowers/Buds
Strength of Initial Aroma
Spearmint Essential Oil smells minty, fresh and perhaps slightly fruity in aroma. It is somewhat less intense than peppermint.
Spearmint Essential Oil Uses
Source: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 140-141.
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of typical constituents.
Source: 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.
Spearmint Essential Oil 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.]
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