Last week in the new “3 Ways Wednesday” segment, I talked about Peppermint essential oil. Today I plan to take on Peppermint’s sweeter counterpart, Spearmint essential oil.
Unlike Peppermint, Spearmint is safe to use around children. There are much fewer risks associated with the correct usage of this oil.
Disclaimer: The information in this post is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is not comprehensive information. Essential oils can contraindicate medications, please consult your doctor before using essential oils if you are taking medication. Essential oils should be used with caution around children. Essential oils should NOT be ingested.
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Latin Name: Mentha spicata or Mentha cardiaca (Scotch spearmint)
Distillation method: Steam distilled
Plant part: Leaves
Safety concerns: “skin sensitization (low risk); mucous membrane irritation (low risk)” (Tisserand and Young, Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition. 2014)
Maximum Dermal Level: 1.7% (Tisserand and Young, Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition, 2014).
As I mentioned above, Spearmint essential oil has fewer warnings that Peppermint essential oil because it lacks menthol and 1,8 cineole. Those two chemical constituents are what gives Peppermint essential oil that cooling, nasal passage opening aroma.
Spearmint has a lighter, sweeter aroma that reminds me of a candy cane. I don’t use it topically very often, but I love to diffuse it and use it in cleaning blends around my home. Below you will find three recipes featuring Spearmint Essential Oil.
#1 Refreshing Christmas Tree Blend
This recipe is perfect to drop on clay ornaments that hang from your Christmas tree or diffuse for a relaxing Christmas aroma. It’s a lovely minty-woodsy blend that will definitely remind you of the holiday season
Master Blend Ingredients:
- 25 drops Spearmint essential oil
- 15 drops Juniper Berry essential oil
- 10 drops drops Cedarwood essential oil
- 10 drops Siberian Fir essential oil
- Blend all essential oils together in a small amber bottle (a 1/3 ounce essential oil bottle will work!)
- Place 2-3 drops of blend on clay disks and place on Christmas tree OR diffuse 3-5 drops (depending on your diffuser’s recommendations)
#2 Odor Eliminating Toilet Bombs
Christmas time with one bathroom in our house sometimes gets scary. I make these easy DIY odor eliminating toilet bombs for a post that I wrote at DIYnatural.com . They are beautiful and easy to make and have a wonderful aroma with Spearmint and Juniper Berry (can you tell that I like pairing those two?)
#3 DIY Spearmint and Orange Stomach Soothing Rub
Another favorite ailment to use Spearmint for is a stomach ache. I like to make a rub of Spearmint and Sweet Orange that I often rub on my stomach when I’m feeling nauseous.
- 3 drops Spearmint essential oil
- 7 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
- 1 ounce carrier oil or unscented lotion base
- 1 ounce jar (blue or amber)
- Blend Spearmint, Sweet Orange and carrier oil/lotion in a small, glass blue or amber jar.
- Rub on stomach when feeling nauseous
All of these recipes are easy to make and safe to use around kids. They have become quick household favorites. Anyone else have one to share? Tell us in the comments below!