Spearmint Essential Oil
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.
Botanical Name: Mentha spicata
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
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.] Safety Information: Spearmint Oil is a mucous membrane irritant. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 210.]