Essential oils are fast becoming the key to a healthy lifestyle. They work from the inside out, as well as from the outside in.
They are free of the harmful side effects and ingredients of many other health and skincare regiments. Spearmint oil is one of the most essentials, and here are 10 of the biggest reasons why!
1. It’s a Gentler Alternative to Peppermint Oil!
Peppermint oil is a favorite among essential oil users. Unfortunately, it causes skin and nose burning in many people so strong that the discomfort overrides all of the benefits.
If you are among these people, we have great news… spearmint essential oil offers all of the same benefits of peppermint oil, without the intense burn!
This makes it great for children’s use, as well. This is because peppermint contains the more powerful chemical menthol.
2. They’re little drops of therapy!
Used as an aromatherapy tool, spearmint has some miraculous healing powers! If you’re suffering from digestive problems or nausea, headaches (including migraines), nasal or sinus congestion, a skin abrasion, poor circulation, sore muscles, arthritis pain, or fatigue, give spearmint oil a try.
Mentha spicata (the scientific name for spearmint, for all you science buffs) is so versatile. Amy Baumetz shows you step by step how to use it in this helpful video.
3. Food, Glorious Food!
While spearmint has a plethora of medicinal benefits, you do not need a spoonful of sugar to help it go down! In fact, spearmint has a very pleasant taste that enhances many minty recipes.
By ingesting spearmint through delicious foods, you can enjoy it’s flavor and many of its healing properties at once. For a refreshing sweet treat to top off any meal, whip up some of Martha Stewart’s Spearmint Ice Cream.
When you need to warm up, brew up some simple homemade Spearmint Tea by Taste of Home.
4. A Mint by Another Other Name Would Not Smell as Sweet!
Spearmint feels good, and tastes good, so it would logical follow that it smells good, right? Right! Spearmint is one of the most appealing minty scents because it is still fresh, with just a hint of sweet.
Add a few drops to your bath or shower routine for your hair and skin. Gargle it with water for long lasting fresh breath- not only does it make your breath smell great in the moment, but it kills germs that would cause bad breath later!
Add a few drops to a diffuser or melted candle wax to give your whole house that fabulous scent. Don’t be afraid to get creative, too. Spearmint pairs nicely with jasmine, bergamot, lavender, and sandalwood to offer endless blends of pleasant aromas.
Registered nurse and herbalist Meghan Visser teaches beginners how to best combine various essential oils to achieve different effects.
5. Shoo, Flies! And Lots of Other Pests!
While we humans love the smell of spearmint, most common pests do not! If you weren’t already convinced to add spearmint to your skin and home scent routines, this will do it!
Wearing it on your skin will keep away mosquitos and other insects when you are trying to enjoy time outdoors. Having the scent in the air will drive insects and rodents out of your home.
Add a paper towel with a few drops to food drawers and cupboards to protect your dry goods. If you have curious fur babies, just make sure they can’t get to these, because spearmint can be toxic to most pets when ingested.
SF Gate explains how to make a spearmint spray to use in the garden to keep pests from invading your plants and flowers.
6. “A Quiet Mind Cureth All!”
Spearmint is the most essential essential oil to have around your office or workspace. It relieves feelings of stress and tension while simultaneously improving concentration.
It invigorates your mind and senses with positive rather than anxious energy. Unlike the many psychotropic medications, caffeine, and energy drinks that most of us turn to in a pinch, spearmint has only positive side effects!
It is also great for calming nerves before presentations, interviews, and other high stress situations. Heba El-Hakim divulges the theory behind why spearmint is known as “The Oil of Confident Speech.”
7. Balanced Hormones for a Balanced Life!
Much of our physical and emotional well being depends on having proper balance in our hormones. Spearmint essential oil is excellent at aiding our endocrine system in keeping our hormones balanced.
It is especially useful for balancing metabolism and interrupting the causes of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in women. For all you scientific minds, the National Center for Biotechnology Information offers a breakdown of how this works.
8. A Spearmint a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!
We’ve talked a lot about how spearmint essential oil can help you get healthy. It helps you stay healthy, as well! Spearmint, especially when consumed through tea like in the above recipe, has powerful antibiotic properties.
This will boost your immune system to stave off all manner of illnesses and afflictions! Drink close to bedtime to improve sleep, which also contributes to healthy immune functioning.
9. Hush, Little Baby, Don’t You Cry!
Now that you know what all spearmint essential oil can do for you, it’s time to learn about how it can help your little ones! We mentioned earlier that spearmint oil is safer for children than peppermint oil because it is more gentle.
Spearmint also has the unique benefit of soothing colic in infants. Those of you with colicky babies know how helpless it feels to not be able to comfort your little one.
Spearmint offers the soothing properties that you and your baby need. Joanna Hasselman and her baby give a live demonstration on the proper use of essential oils with our tiny humans.
10. Teach Yourself to Garden, and You’ll Have Spearmint for a Lifetime!
Unlike many essential oils, spearmint comes from a plant that is very easy to grow yourself. This will save you money, allow you to share the benefits with friends and family, and take pride and ownership over your use of this powerful plant and its oils.
The Farmer’s Almanac provides a guide for growing mint plants, and how to safely and efficiently extract the oil from your fragrant new plants.
Spearmint oil has not yet gotten the same level of attention as some of the other essential oils, so we hope that this article has begun to change this!
Try out each of these uses for spearmint oil to gather inspiration, and then see how it works best for you. Grow your own spearmint, and become the go-to spearmint guru among your friends and family.
From wiping out physical ailments, to calming nerves, to filling your home and food with a delicious aroma and flavor, spearmint is the new super oil that you should try today!
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