Spearmint Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Spearmint essential oil (Mentha spicata) is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant. It's been most commonly is used now for flavoring in candies and toothpaste - in fact you've probably been ingesting it for years. However, there are many therapeutic uses of spearmint to consider, as well. (Just be sure to keep it's yummy smelling bottle away from little, curious mouths.)
It's commonly used for cooking and flavoring, as well as digestive support, emotional wellness, and immune support.
- Promotes digestion and helps reduce occasional stomach upset
- Supports healthy respiratory function
- Provides a refreshing aroma that clears the mind and uplifts mood
- Promotes oral health
Emotionally, it can help uplift a person's mood, especially if they are suffering depression, stress, or mental exhaustion. It can be energizing, revitalizing, and maybe even encouraging. Many feel it inspires a sharpness of mind and confidence in sharing your thoughts or "putting yourself out there". (Having fresh breath might help that one, too.)
How to Use Spearmint Essential Oil
Traditionally, spearmint essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Spearmint Essential Oil
Use caution with pregnancy. Not recommended for infants or young children. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Spearmint Essential Oil
- Diffuse to promote focus and uplift mood
- Apply to toothbrush before brushing teeth for healthy gums and fresh breath
- Add a drop or two to any dessert, drink, salad, or entrée for flavoring and to promote digestion
- For occasional stomach upset, add 1–2 drops to water and drink
- Diffuse as desired or dilute and massage over solar plexus or heart for confidence or courage.
- Add a 1-4 drops to a pitcher of ice tea for a healthy, minty flavor.
Inspiration for Using Spearmint Essential Oil
Homemade Mint Toothpaste: Mix together, 3 Tbsp coconut oil, 3 Tbsp Baking Soda, 5-10 drops each Peppermint and Spearmint essential oils.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils