Spearmint Mentha spicata

Spearmint Mentha spicata

In the gardens here at home, we grow peppermint, apple mint, orange mint, chocolate mint and my favorite, spearmint. Spearmint is documented the oldest of all mints and is next to Peppermint as the most popular of all mints and for good reason. Spearmint and Peppermint are distinguishable from other mints. Unlike others that run and get bushy, their stems grow straight up. The difference between them is the Peppermint is oblong in shape whereas Spearmint has a slight point at the end.

Spearmint is considered the “mother” of all mints, while all other mints are thought to actually be the offspring of Spearmint. Each of these mints have their own unique, refreshing flavor. In teas, and often used in toothpastes and other items, spearmint offers a fresh, cool soft mint flavor that warms and uplifts. The tea is known to ease digestive issues. It’s interesting in that although considered a stimulant, it’s also accompanied by relaxing properties which offers a nice balance to the nervous system.

Because of its cooling effects, the essential oil would be a great addition in a blend for easing respiratory issues. Even when using for other issues, that cool aroma will reach the nose, bringing relief. When blending with a carrier oil or unscented lotion, it’s cooling and calming to the skin. When using topically, dilute well since it can also be an irritant to the skin if not used correctly.

When using the oil topically, the following maximum dilution rates are the recommended maximum to protect the skin from the irritation we spoke of. Keeping in mind that 9 drops (0.3 ml) of essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier is equivalent to 1%, for 3-24 months old, maximum of 0.25%, 2-6 years old, no more than 1%, 6-15 years old the maximum is 1.5%, and for those 15 years old and above, including those that are pregnant, 1.7% maximum recommended .

Let us not forget the beautiful Spearmint hydrosol which is cooling an