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Spearmint
Essential Oil Profile

By Dawn Copeland and Jeanne Rose

PART OF THE AROMATHERAPY COURSE – HOME & FAMILY
(with therapeutic additions)

  Name of Oil: Spearmint

Latin Binomial/Botanical Family: Mentha spicata/Lamiaceae

Countries of Origin: Native to the Mediterranean.

General description of plant, habitat & growth:
A very hardy, perennial herb with bright green, fragrant leaves, that quickly exhausts the soil and needs to be replanted regularly via the underground or over ground stems. Many Mints behave in this manner.

Portion of plant used in distillation, how distilled, extraction methods & yield:

Spearmint
Mentha Spicata

 

The over ground plant is steam distilled. “3,000 lbs. Charge requires up to 50 minutes and produces over 10 k. of oil” 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, p. 142.

 

Organoleptic Characteristics:
(see Vocabulary of Odor Basic 7© for description and organoleptic qualities)

     Color: Pale, pale, pale celery-like green
     Clarity: Clear
     Viscosity: Non-viscous, like water
     Taste: Refreshing, delightful, and delicately minty.
     Odor Intensity: A fresh 5
     Chemical Components: Up to 56% l-Carvone (Caraway has d-carvone), Terpenes,
                                        Limonene, Phellandrene, and, sometimes, Linaloöl
                                        and Cineol.

Historical Uses:

(-)-carvone (l-p-mentha-6,8(9)-dien-2-one;
1-methyl-4-isopropenyl-6-cycloxen-2-one)

     The herb tea has been widely used as a tonic drink in most places.

Interesting Facts:

     Spearmint tea is poured after every meal in Egypt.

Properties (by IG=ingestion or IN=inhalation or AP=application):

Ingestion:
     Digestive. Antispasmodic. Digestive tonic.

Inhalation:
     Stimulant. Antidepressant. Tonic. Calmative. Mucolytic.

Application:
     Antiseptic. Digestive. Fever reducing. Anti-inflammatory.

Physical Uses & How used (IG or AP):

Ingestion:
     Digestive ailments. Nausea. Vomiting. Gums. Candies. Dental products.

Application:
     Body-care products. Acne and skin irritations. Digestive disturbances. Fever reducing.

Inhalation:
     Respiratory ailments and chronic bronchitis.

Emotional Uses (AP or IN):

Application:
     Headache

Inhalation:
     A memoristic antidepressant. Alleviates mental strain & fatigue. Acts as tonic to the entire system. Uplifting. Reduces nervous stress and tension.

Hydrosol Use:

     A refreshing hydrosol that is useful in the bath for a clean and refreshing scent, as a mouthwash or in water as a digestive tea. Can be added to skin care products or as a cleansing wash to the house or in the laundry.

Key Use:
     Dentifrice products and as an antidepressant.

Safety Precautions:  None known.

Source:

This is one of the essential oils in the Basic 25 Kit.
Essential Oil Profiles were by compiled Dawn Copeland of Chicago, Ill. with permission.

Bibliography:
(Also References for Essential oil profiles)

Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils.
Miller, Richard & Ann. The Potential of Herbs as a Cash Crop. Acres USA. Kansas City. 1985.
Rizzi, Susanne. Complete Aromatherapy. Sterling. NY. 1989.
Rose, Jeanne . Herbal Studies Course, Jeanne Rose - Institute of Aromatic & Herbal Studies, 1992.
Rose, Jeanne. 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols. Berkeley, California: Frog, Ltd., 1999
Rose, Jeanne. The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations. San Francisco, California:
Worwood, Susan & Valerie Ann. Essential Aromatherapy, a pocket guide to essential oils and Aromatherapy. Novato, CA. New World Library, 2003.

"Distillation as such is an entirely natural phenomenon. When, raising
your head you look at the clouds in the sky, those are but the evaporation visible
patterns. And when you tread upon the early morning dew, it is the condensate of the night
."
Georges Ferrando

DISCLAIMER:
This work is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for accurate diagnosis
and treatment by a qualified health care professional. The author is neither a chemist nor a medical doctor.
The content herein is the product of research and some personal and practical experience.

Institute of Aromatic & Herbal Studies - Jeanne Rose©

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Aromatherapy Course – Home & Family may
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