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Spearmint Oil, Some Uses

Spearmint Oil, Some Uses

Spearmint 3Spearmint is the pastel that covers a Victorian wall, and Peppermint is its powerful child adorning the Industrial Revolution. Spearmint oil (Mentha spicata) has a lighter, brighter scent to it than Peppermint. It is gentler, but they can be interchanged. Because of the sweet minty flavor, it is most commonly used as a culinary herb. It makes you think of crisp, cool summer days, Grandma’s house, and minty gum.

Aromatic influences: Peace, happiness, and clarity. Warm, uplifting, and soothing.

Combines well with:

Peppermint, Lavender, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Jasmine, Eucalyptus, Basil, Rosemary

Ways to use it

  • G.R.A.S.
  • As with all mints, Spearmint is not compatible with homeopathic treatments but works great in aromatherapy treatments..
  • During flu, diffuse 2 drops Spearmint and 4 drops Cardamom.
  • Is non-toxic.
  • Can be a mild irritant or sensitizer so avoid in baths or massage if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin.
  • Spearmint drawingSoothes and calms fiery emotions.
  • Spearmint is more gentle than most mints and can be used on pregnant women and children.
  • Brings inner tranquility.
  • To help with insomnia, diffuse or vaporize 3 drops Spearmint and 3 drops Lemon beside your bed every night.
  • Can add 1 drop to a pitcher of orange juice for a lovely bit of fun.
  • Encourages new ideas and inner clarity.
  • Helps break up congestion and help breathing.
  • Increases physical strength.
  • Repels insects
  • You can also interchange it with Peppermint. Check the recipes listed on the Peppermint article for more fun. You can use whichever of the two has the scent you want the most in the blend.

Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it!

natural-skincareRecipes

Here are a few recipes involving Spearmint oil. To check for more, you can click on Spearmint in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Soothe Stomach Pain

  • 6 drops Spearmint
  • 4 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Massage blend into abdominal area using clockwise strokes, twice a day. Great for young kids over 2 years-old, just halve the drops off the essential oils. (7)

Woman pouring oilEase Digestive Problems

  • 4 drops Spearmint
  • 4 drops Clove Bud
  • 2 drops Neroli
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Massage into abdomen, twice a day. Use especially for irritable bowel syndrome and chronic, stress-related indigestion. (7)

Even Out Emotions Bath

  • 2 drops Spearmint
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for at least 30 minutes. Can also dissolve formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath water to soften skin and remove impurities. (7)

Spearmint 2Fresh Breath Mouthwash

  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 2 drops Spearmint
  • 4 ounces Pure Water
  • 1 teaspoon Honey

Add the essential oils and honey to the water, shake well before every use. Rinse your mouth out for fresh breath. Not to be used for cleaning the mouth. Pure water can be filtered, spring, distilled, or bottled. You can also use tap water that has been boiled at a hard boil for 15 minutes and allowed to cool. (6)

Travel Comfortably Mist Spray

  • 50 drops Spearmint
  • 45 drops Melissa
  • 30 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 20 drops Lemongrass
  • 20 drops Cypress
  • 10 drops Allspice
  • 4 ounces Pure Water

Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Use before and during the trip as necessary to help make traveling more comfortable. Can refill the water 3-5 times before needing to refill the oils. (6)

Refreshing Mist Spray

  • 50 drops Pink Grapefruit
  • 50 drops Lemon
  • 50 drops Spearmint
  • 4 ounces Pure Water

Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Can refill the water 3-5 times before needing to refill the oils. (6)

Breathe More Easily in Stuffy Rooms Spray

  • 30 drops Spearmint
  • 25 drops Pine Needles
  • 20 drops Juniper Berries
  • 20 drops Lemon
  • 20 drops Cajeput
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 15 drops Myrtle
  • 4 ounces Pure Water

Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Can refill the water 3-5 times before needing to refill the oils. (6)

ankle_massageMassage Blend for Sprains

  • 5 drops Spearmint
  • 3 drops Marjoram
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 3 drops Lemongrass
  • 1 drops Pine Needles
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Massage formula into the sprained area. Several applications may be necessary throughout the day, until the painful area feels better. (6)

Refreshing Massage Blend

  • 5 drops Spearmint
  • 3 drops Basil
  • 3 drops Lime
  • 3 drops Rosemary
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage formula into the back of the neck, the shoulders, and along the back. (6)

Body powderFoot Powder

  • 60 drops Spearmint
  • 40 drops Red Mandarin
  • 20 drops Geranium
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch

Pour corn starch into a wide mouthed glass jar. Add oils. Tighten the cap and allow the foot powder to sit for at least 24 hours before using. Shake well before using. Before applying the powder, massage the following blend into the bottom of your feet:

  • 5 drops Grapeseed oil
  • 3 drops Balsam of Peru (6)

Refreshing bath

  • 4 drops Spruce
  • 4 drops Geranium
  • 4 drops Spearmint
  • 2 drops Juniper Berries
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba, Hazelnut, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, or Sesame oil

Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for 30 minutes. Can also dissolve the formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath water to soften skin and remove impurities. (6)

Minty Diffusion

  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops Spearmint
  • 2 drops Balsam of Peru

Add to your diffuser or vaporizer to help freshen the air and brighten your room. (6)

And lastly,

Spearmint oil is delightfully yummy to smell and fun to use. How do you like to use it? Please share in our comment section down below.

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References

  1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  2. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  3. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  6. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  7. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  8. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green

 

 

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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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