Spearmint, scientifically known as Mentha spicata, is a perennial plant that has been used for centuries for its health-supporting properties and pleasant flavor. In the Middle Ages, spearmint was scattered on the floor to get rid of rodents and encourage good health. Aside from its refreshing and commonly recognized flavor, Spearmint has a wide range of impressive benefits. You’ve most likely experienced spearmint flavor in candy, toothpaste, chewing gum, or tea! I love Spearmint Essential Oil, as it is versatile and smells so refreshing!
It’s sweet, refreshing aroma helps evoke a positive mood. The Spearmint plant, Mentha spicata, is an herbaceous perennial that is a member of the Lamiaceae plant family. This plant is characterized by its ovate to lanceolate dark green leaves, and its terminal spikes wherefrom grow tiny, lilac, pink, and white flowers.
When taken internally, this essential oil has an ability to ease occasional stomach upset and support overall digestive health. Try using some Spearmint oil to brighten up your day. Spearmint oil consists of chemical components such as carvone and limonene. These organic constituents have energizing and uplifting properties. Use Spearmint oil topically or aromatically to receive the mood uplifting benefits of these components. Compared to Peppermint, Spearmint is a gentler option to use on children and those with sensitive skin.
One of the strongest benefits of Spearmint oil is that it promotes digestion and helps reduce occasional stomach upset. When experiencing periodic stomach discomfort or after eating a large meal, dilute one drop of Spearmint oil in 4 fl. oz of liquid and drink. Spearmint oil can also be taken internally by dropping the oil into a Veggie Capsule and ingesting. Before leaving your house for the day, apply Spearmint essential oil to your toothbrush before you brush your teeth. Once you’ve bushed your teeth, you will be ready to take on the day with fresh breath and a hint of mint in your mouth. Spearmint oil is an ideal essential oil to incorporate in oral care routines due to its ability to freshen breath and cleanse the mouth. I do this daily, and boy let me tell you, it certainly gives you an extra little kick and super fresh breath!
After reading or studying for long amounts of time, use Spearmint essential oil topically to help promote a sense of focus. Diffusing Spearmint oil will also help promote a sense of focus and will help uplift mood. For the best diffuser results, place three to four drops of Spearmint oil into the diffuser of your choice and enjoy the minty aroma as it elevates your mind and mood.
Tangerine and Spearmint Garbage Disposal Refreshers
Don’t live with stinky garbage disposals any more. These Tangerine and Spearmint Garbage Disposal Refreshers clean and deodorize your garbage disposal in one easy use.
Ingredients: 2 cups baking soda 1 cup salt ½ cup water ¼ cup liquid castile soap (any scent) 15 drops Tangerine or Wild Orange oil 15 drops Spearmint oil
- Combine baking soda and salt into bowl.
- Add castile soap and essential oil into mixture.
- Add water 1 tablespoon at a time while stirring with hands until it forms into the consistency of "damp sand." It should stay together when you press it together. If you add too much water just add some more baking soda and salt until the consistency is right.
- Pack mixture tightly into a small silicone mold. If you don’t have a silicone mold, just grab a tablespoon measurement device and scoop packed spoonfuls onto parchment paper.
- Let mixture dry for 24 hours or until hard.
- Put into glass jar and use the next time you do dishes! Just place 1–2 refreshers into the garbage disposal and turn it on. You will immediately smell the refreshing and cleansing aroma.
This also makes for a wonderful craft to make together with the kiddos! I always love getting my son Daen involved in anyway I can, so that he can learn by doing! Since we homeschool, I find this is a great science lesson, and of course it involves kids getting their hands into things!
Emotionally, Spearmint encourages us to be confident, promotes a sense of clarity and courage, and helps us with communicating clearly. This aligns with and helps to open the throat chakra, and encourages you to speak your truth.
Are you a fan of Spearmint? Let me know if you plan to add this oil to your arsenal!