Latin name: Mentha spicata
Country of origin: USA
Part of the plant: Flowering tops
Obtained by: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components: Carvone, limonene, trans-carvylacetate
Properties: Antispasmodic, antiseptic, stimulant, analgesic, insecticide & uplifting
Physical uses: Respiratory congestion, bronchitis, sinusitis, colds, flu, fevers, infections, muscle aches, muscle spasms, stiff joints, indigestion, nausea, headaches, & menstrual cramps.
Skin care uses: Oily skin, blemishes, congested skin, minor skin infections, body odor, itching, & small wounds.
Psychological uses: Mental fatigue, and mild depression.
Notes: Use Spearmint in a 1-5% dilution. Avoid during pregnancy and nursing.
Methods of Use
After Shower: While your skin is still wet, put 1-3 drops of essential oil in the palm of one of your hands and rub your hands together. Quickly and evenly spread the essential oil over your legs, arms, and torso. Avoid sensitive-skin areas. For maximum skin hydration and to seal in moisture, apply cream, or lotion directly to damp skin.
Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion. Apply to upper chest and upper back.
Compress: Fill basin with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and briskly stir. Lay in the washcloth, wring, and apply to the area in need for approximately 1-5 minutes. dip, wring and apply 3 more times.
Diffusion: Follow diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with therapeutic aroma.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again. (Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Massage: Mix 6-30 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.
Scalp Oil: Mix 12-24 drops of essential oil in 2 ounces of fractionated coconut oil or jojoba, or a blend of both. Store in a glass bottle with a cap. Use approximately 1 teaspoon to massage into scalp at night. Shampoo in the morning.
Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.
The Methods of use are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.
For External use only. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame-essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing,consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.