SPEARMINT Mentha spicata
Few herbs produce as many variants as the mint family and each tastes, smells and acts a little bit different. Spearmint is delightful, much less harsh and pungent than the more commonly used Peppermint. This is due to the fact that it contains very little menthol. Spearmint has thus been more frequently used for culinary purposes rather than medicinal ones. However, that does not mean to suggest that it has no therapeutic uses. The ancients valued it highly as a herb for students and scholars. They thought a head wreath of Spearmint a fitting crown for academics and poets, to help them concentrate and keep a clear head. The Romans liked it as a strewing herb to scent the air with a nice, fresh aroma. Spearmint is also much better for cosmetic use than the more pungent peppermint. It is very refreshing, relaxing and uplifting, for example in a bath, where Peppermint would make one feel freezing, even if the water was hot. Spearmint is not as stimulating as Peppermint, which makes it also suitable for use at night. In fact, it is said to bring happy dreams and a restful sleep.
Spearmint is often used instead of Peppermint to treat children, though the two oils are quite different. Spearmint alleviates headaches and aids concentration. It is not as stimulating as Peppermint. It can be used for stomach problems, such as nausea and indigestion. It is also used to ease the discomforts of a cold and clear congested air passages. In aromatherapy skin care, it can clear congestion and tighten open pores. It alleviates mental fatigue, nervous exhaustion, migraine and stress. Caution: - Avoid during pregnancy.
Spearmint can be used when studying and at times of intense mental concentration. It can be used for cleansing and protection rituals, for healing and aura cleansing. It protects the practitioner on his astral journeys and during dream work. It enhances mental clarity, concentration and focus.
A fresh, 'minty' scent. Blends well with Lemon, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Myrtle, Ravensara, Lavender, Basil and Rosemary.