Inhaling the scent of spearmint essential oil (Mentha spicata or Mentha cardiaca) creates a feeling of joy and happiness, according to 375 Essential Oil and Hydrosols by aromatherapist Jeanne Rose. The oil is an excellent addition to stress relief blends.
Plant family: Lamiaceae/Labiatae
Production: Steam distilled from the spearmint plant, a perennial herb.
Aroma: Fresh, minty.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Top
Is spearmint safe to use during pregnancy? Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art suggests inhaling spearmint for morning sickness.
New York Institute of Aromatic Studies states the essential oil appears safe for pregnancy and offers this suggestion: For pregnancy-related heartburn, dilute spearmint to 1% (1 drop in one teaspoon carrier oil) and gently massage over stomach.
Some sources caution not to overuse this essential oil while pregnant, and that's good advice for any essential oil during pregnancy.
Is spearmint essential oil safe for children? Yes. This essential oil has properties similar to peppermint oil but is gentler, making spearmint a better choice for young children.
Cautions: Low risk of skin sensitization.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Spearmint may help relieve colic, indigestion, nausea, flatulence, stomach ache, neuralgia, muscle aches, nervous migraine, and nervous fatigue.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): In skin care, use spearmint for acne, dermatitis, and congested skin. For the digestive system, the essential oil may help relieve colic, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, and vomiting. The oil may also help relieve colds, flu, fatigue, headaches, migraines, nervous strain, and stress.
375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols: Spearmint is calming and a digestive system tonic. The aroma creates a feeling of joy and happiness, making the oil useful in stress-relieving blends.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, spearmint promotes emotional stability and renewal and mildly stimulates the mind and promotes alertness. Physically, the essential oil decongests congestive/damp conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of the oil is to regulate the Qi, cool the exterior, and harmonize the Shen.
Three suggested uses of spearmint:
Diffuser blend for alertness:
Source: 10 Recipes with Spearmint Essential Oil
Travel Ease Blend
Cautions: If irritation occurs, stop use. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
Alternative: Blend 5 drops spearmint, 6 drops tangerine, and 2 drops ginger. Use a few drops of the blend in a personal inhaler or on an aromatherapy jewelry diffuser to use/wear during travel.
Adapted from Kelly Holland Azzaro, RA, CCAP, CBFP, LMT. NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Autumn 2016.3, p. 73.