Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Spearmint essential oil

Spearmint essential oil, mentha spicata, is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the herb, the scent is refreshing and minty. It is a comforting scent which can be relaxing and help to relieve mental fatigue. Spearmint essential oil is slightly antiseptic and may be useful for minor skin eruptions. The properties of spearmint oil resemble those of peppermint but its effects are less powerful. It has been used for asthma, bronchitis, catarrhal conditions, sinusitis, colic, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, colds, fatigue, headache, migraine, nervous strain, and stress.
Spearmint, mentha spicata, is a hardy branched perennial herb with bright green, lance shaped, sharply serrated leaves, quickly spreading underground runners and pink or lilac-colored flowers in slender cylindrical spikes. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowering tops. Spearmint is valued all over the world as a culinary herb and was used by the Greeks as a restorative and to scent their bathwater. Native to the Mediterranean region, spearmint is now common throughout Europe, western Asia and the Middle East. It was introduced to the USA where it has become a very popular flavoring. The oil is produced in Midwest USA, Hungary, Spain, former Yugoslavia, Russia, and China.
Spearmint essential oil blends well with the following essential oils: lavender, lavandin, jasmine, eucalyptus, basil and rosemary and is often used in combination with peppermint.
Spearmint oil cautions - Non toxic, non irritant, non-sensitizing.
Spearmint oil properties - Anesthetic (local), antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, decongestant, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, tonic. Spearmint essential oil is not compatible with homeopathic treatment.

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