Spearmint oil uses and health benefits

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Spearmint oil Quick Facts
Name: Spearmint oil
Origin Spearmint is native to Europe and Asia (Himalayas, Middle east and China). It is naturalized in parts of Western and Northern Africa, South America and North America.
Colors Pale olive or pale yellow
Health benefits Heal wounds, Relaxation effect, Prevent infections, Relax muscle, Eliminates stress
Spearmint oil is extracted with the steam distillation process of floral parts of Spearmint plant or Mentha Spicata. It possesses refreshing and minty characteristics of peppermint which is also used in aromatherapy. This oil has less menthol. It is used to treat fatigue, headache and oral health. It possess the chemical constituents such as Carvone, Menthone, Limonene, cis-carveol, Dihydra carvone, 1,8-cineole (Eucalyptol) and Linalool. It possesses the medicinal properties such as antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and digestive properties. This oil is blended with benzoin, basil, jasmine, eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, peppermint, orange and rosemary.

History

Since Roman times, Spearmint has been used as an aromatic herb that is also found in European cuisines. It is inherent Central Europe which could be found in North America that has been introduced in late 1500’s by the earliest immigrants. It was used to treat and prevent scurvy as it possesses high content of Vitamin C. It has got an interesting history in Europe that Pluto’s wife was jealous of Minthes which is a young nymph and turned her into a plant. She was not able to bring her back so gave her a delightful aroma.

Health Benefits of Spearmint oil

Spearmint oil possesses antispasmodic, antiseptic, cephalic, carminative, insecticide, emenagogue, cephalic, stimulant and restorative properties. Though it possesses a similar aroma of Peppermint oil, it has low content of methanol in comparison to Peppermint oil. Spearmint was used as an aid for vomiting, menstrual cramps, indigestion and flatulence.

  1. Heal wounds

Spearmint oil acts as an antiseptic for ulcers and wounds that prevents it from infections and being septic. It also assists the healing process of wounds. Myrcene, Menthol and Caryohyllene are the components which act as antiseptic properties.

  1. Relaxation effect

Spearmint essential oil has menthol content which provides a cooling and relaxing effect on the muscles and nerves. It helps to relax spasms and calms down its contractions. It provides relief from aches, spasmodic coughs, aches and pulling sensations in intestines and abdominal regions. It is able to soothe cramps, muscle strains, spasmodic cholera and nervous convulsions.

  1. Prevent infections

Spearmint essential oil possesses disinfectant properties that provide relief from both external and internal infections. It prevents ulcers and wounds in stomach, intestines and food pipe. It is also used to treat infections such as dermatitis, scabies, syphilis, athlete’s foot and gonorrhea.

  1. Relax muscles

It relaxes muscles and intestines of abdominal region that prevents the formation of gases in intestines and stomach. It provides relief from restlessness, uneasiness, headaches, insomnia, indigestion, stomachaches, vomiting, chest pain, loss of appetite and cramps.

  1. Eliminates stress

Spearmint oil has cooling and relaxing effect on brain that eliminates stress on the cognitive health. It assists in concentration and cures headaches and neural problems. It assists overall health and protects brain health.

  1. Menstrual problems

This essential oil is helpful for the people having irregular periods, menstrual problems, early menopause and obstructed menses. It enhances the hormone secretion such as estrogen that facilitates menstruation and promotes sexual health and good uterine. It slows down the onset of menopause and provides relief from fatigue, nausea and pain in lower abdominal region.

  1. Stimulate brain function

Spearmint oil enhances the hormone secretion and discharge of gastric juices, enzymes and bile and promotes blood circulation. It strengthens immune health by stimulating blood circulation and enhances immunity and removes toxins.

  1. Supports organ systems

It restores health and assist in functions of organ systems of the body. It repairs the damage and speeds up the recovery of wounds and injuries. It regains strength after long bouts of illness.

  1. Treat bites

This oil prevents the mosquito bites and is used in mosquito repellant creams, fumigants and mats.

Traditional uses

  • It helps to stimulate digestion and lowers stomach upset.
  • It enhances focus and also uplift mood.
  • It promotes fresh breath and cleans mouth.
  • Use it in a diffuser to uplift mood.
  • It is used as a treatment for skin ailments, digestive problems and headaches.
  • If added to baths, it helps to treat sexually transmitted diseases.
  • It heals mouth sores and whitens teeth.
  • It also treats nausea and menstrual problems.
  • It is used in aromatherapy to prevent headaches, fatigue, nervousness and migraines.
  • It promotes relaxation and lowers body temperature.
  • It helps to calm down muscle spasms and nerves.
  • It promotes brain and nerves function.
  • It provides relief from respiratory problems such as nasal congestion, colds, flu and asthma.
  • For mouthwash, gargle by adding few drops of Spearmint oil to a glass of water.
  • It could be used in a steam inhalation.
  • It prevents infection in intestines and stomach.
  • It prevent stress and cures headaches.
  • For massage, dilute Spearmint oil with sunflower oil or almond oil.
  • It provides relief from vomiting, constipation, flatulence and nausea.
  • It is helpful for asthma, bronchitis, cough, sinus and catarrh.
  • It treats insomnia, bad breathe and dandruff.
  • Massage with the mixture of coconut, sweet almond and spearmint oil to clear congestion as well as to provide relief from muscular pain.
  • It could be added to toothbrush for the fresh breath and healthy gums.
  • Add it to drink, dessert, entrée or salad for enhancing digestion.
  • An upset stomach could be cured by adding 1 to 2 drops to water.
  • 1 to 4 drops of Spearmint oil could be added to a pitcher of ice tea for enhancing the flavor.

Precautions

  • It might skin irritations.
  • It should be diluted before using in skin.
  • Do a patch test before use.
  • Use it under an expert supervision.
  • Pregnant women should avoid the use of Spearmint oil as it could stimulate estrogen production and lead to miscarriage.
  • It provides relief from pains and aches.
  • It could cause irritation to the skin and eyes.
  • It could irritate respiratory tract if inhaled and gastrointestinal tract if ingested.
  • Sensitive people or the people who are allergic to Spearmint should avoid it.
  • It causes heartburn and skin rashes when used in excessive amounts.

Other Facts        

  • It is used to add flavor to mouthwash, toothpaste, candy and ice cream.
  • It was used by Ancient Greeks to treat sexually transmitted diseases as well as infections.
  • Washington was regarded as the world’s largest producer of Spearmint oil.

Spearmint oil facts

Name Spearmint oil
Scientific Name of Spearmint plant Mentha spicata
Native Spearmint is native to Europe and Asia (Himalayas, Middle east and China). It is naturalized in parts of Western and Northern Africa, South America and North America.
Common/English Name Bush mint, Garden mint, Curled Mint, Wild mint, Horse mint, Common mint, Sage of Bethlehem, Fish MintGreen Mint
Name in Other Languages Arabic: habq almwyh(habaq almawwiuha), habq almih (habaq almih) { حبق المويه(حَبَق المويه)، حبق الميه (حَبَق الميه) };
Bulgarian: Džodžen, Giozum, Dzhodzhen (Джоджен);
Catalan: Menta, Menta del caramel, Menta sopera;
Chinese: Ōu bòhé (欧薄荷), Yú xiāngcài (鱼香菜);
Finnish: viherminttu;
French: Baume, baume vert, Menthe, Menthe en grappe, Menthe en épi, Menthe verte, Menthe glabre, menthe romaine, Menthe velue, Menthe verte, Menthe à longues feuilles, menthe à épis;
Hungarian: fehér ménta;
Japanese: Supea-minto;
Korean: Spio-mintu;
Portuguese: Hortelã-verde;
Romanian: buruiană create, iarbă create, izmă, minta cailor, Mintă, mintă sălbatică, mintă încreţită, nintă, nintă bună, sanciruţă, voştină;
Russian: mjata kolosovaja, myata kolosovaya (мята колосовая);
Swedish: grönmynta
Parts of plant used Leaves, buds, flowers
Color Pale olive or pale yellow
Consistency Thin
Aroma Sweet, fresh, minty
Extraction method Steam distillation


References:

https://healthyfocus.org/spearmint-essential-oil-benefits/

http://media.doterra.com/us/en/pips/doterra-spearmint-essential-oil.pdf

http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/spearmint-oil.aspx

http://www.encyclopedia.com/plants-and-animals/plants/plants/spearmint

http://ayurvedicoils.com/tag/health-benefits-of-spearmint-essential-oil

http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-spearmint.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/468043-spearmint-side-effects/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/spearmint-essential-oil.html

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