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April Focus - Spearmint

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

I think spearmint essential oil doesn't get the attention it deserves. It fades into the background behind peppermint essential oil. That's why I chose it for this month's focus. Let's bring this minty friend to the forefront!

Spearmint - a new minty ally!

Spearmint's chemistry is very different from peppermint. These differences should help you understand why having them both in your aromatic toolbox is beneficial. Here are some of the main key differences I would love for you to know:


Peppermint: Mentha x piperita

Similar: minty fresh, great for digestion, analgesic, antispasmodic, antibacterial

Therapeutic action difference: Cooling on skin, CNS (central nervous system) stimulant (aka energizing), Anti-emetic (combats nausea and vomiting)

Safety: May cause skin irritation. Avoid with children under 5 years.

Chemical components: high in menthol and menthone


Spearmint: Mentha spicata

Similar: minty fresh, great for digestion, analgesic, antispasmodic, antibacterial

Therapeutic action difference: Stimulates immune system, CNS suppressant (aka relaxing), sedative, light decongestant

Safety: May cause skin irritation.

Chemical components: high in carvone and limonene


Which one would you reach for if you were experiencing a headache with nausea?


Which one would you use if you were experiencing a cold or allergies and had a hard time clearing mucus, making it hard for you to sleep?


Two beautiful minty essential oils with different possibilities!


There's a softness to spearmint's aroma that I find very attractive, compared to the sharpness of peppermint. I always dream of walking through big fields of lavender in France one day, but now I also want to walk through the minty green fields of Spearmint!


Spearmint is a small perennial plant with spiky green leaves and sprouts delicate flowers toward the end of the growing season. Spearmint is native to Turkey, but can be found just about anywhere. It is grown in India, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa. It can spread quickly in any garden. If you plant it yourself I would recommend a spot in the garden where it is corralled or place it in a planter.


Recipe:

Place in 1 oz unscented lotion

5 drops Spearmint

3 drops Bergamot mint

2-3 drops Cedarwood or Balsam copaiba


Blend together and label.

-Apply to abdomen to assist with digestion (especially when there's cramping)

-Rub into chest, feet, or back during a cold or allergy season

-Massage into sore muscles


Check Homestead Aromatic's Facebook page for another recipe suggestion this week!


Enjoy!


Deborah

Homestead Aromatics


















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