I have to confess that the smell of spearmint carries a very special memory for me. It reminds me of the sugar-free dental gum that my Grandmother used to carry in her purse. Whenever I felt the desire for a special treat, I would dig through her bag to uncover that little tin-foil wrapped treasure. I remember that her purse always smelled so amazing!
As I have grown older, I have carried that fondness for the smell of Spearmint, and I love to use Spearmint Essential Oil by itself as a natural perfume. I often receive compliments that I smell “good,” or “refreshing,” but every now and then, someone else will say, “You smell like my Grandma!”
That might seem like a weird compliment to some, but to me, it translates as, “You smell like a fond memory of a wise, caring, loving woman.”
And maybe there was a little bit more intuitive wisdom as to why Grandma carried spearmint gum in her purse than simply offering a tasty treat for her grandchildren. Spearmint has been used as a traditional, herbal medicine for centuries, namely to resolve digestive discomfort and other intestinal issues. And, of course, to freshen breath! If I were able to ask her about it today she would probably say something in a Southern accent like, “When I was a girl, Mommy and Daddy used to grow spearmint in the garden and we used it as medicine.”
Today, we can continue to enjoy the medicinal benefits of Spearmint expounded in the form of essential oil. Let’s explore five of the many uses for Spearmint Essential Oil below…
Freshen Your Breath
Now that I’m a “big kid” with more refined taste, I can’t say that sugar-free dental gum sounds like a tasty treat anymore! That doesn’t mean I can’t find another way to freshen my breath naturally with the taste of Spearmint. Not only does it smell super yummy, but Spearmint Essential Oil is also known to subdue bacteria and the abundance of other micro-organisms that may be causing bad breath in the first place.
Spearmint Mouth Swish: Place 3 drops of Spearmint Essential Oil in a shot glass of ice-cold water. (Add a drop of stevia if you desire sweetness.) Swish mixture in the mouth for 30-60 seconds, gargle, and spit.
Stimulate Your Energy
With an aroma that is minty, sweet, earthy, and overall, very invigorating, use Spearmint Essential Oil to perk up your energy field. Perfect for those moments when you want to call in extra focus, clarity, and pep.
To use, simply diffuse!
Invigorate Your Skin
Not only can Spearmint Essential Oil freshen your breath and your energy, but also your skin! Here, those antiseptic and antimicrobial benefits come back into play by removing impurities from the skin. It is also used to offer relief to itchiness, dryness, insect bites, athletes foot, and more.
Spearmint Skin Balm: Dilute 3 drops of Spearmint Essential Oil with a small palmful of your favorite carrier oil. Apply to the affected area.
Mint of all varieties has long been used to help heal headaches and migraines. For those who are more sensitive, Spearmint Essential Oil may be the perfect variety, as it is milder than comparatives like Peppermint Essential Oil. Spearmint Essential Oil is the modern aromatherapist’s go-to for resolving such discomfort.
Minty Temple Massage: Use a few drops of Spearmint Essential Oil on the tips of the fingers to massage the temples as during a quiet, relaxing moment.
Resolve Digestive Upset
And now, we bring it full circle with that age-old, tried and true use for a high-frequency plant medicine such as Spearmint! Just as this herb is used to resolve digestive upset, so too is Spearmint Essential Oil used as a popular remedy for stomach aches, nausea, vomiting, gas, etc. This oil is an antispasmodic, meaning that it relieves cramps and other muscular spasms, even in the intestines. It is also often used to keep the digestive tract clean and balanced in the case of healing stomach ulcers or other internal wounds.
For this purpose, you can use Spearmint Essential Oil by diffusing it, diluting with your favorite carrier oil as a topical massage blend, or by drinking a few drops mixed in a small glass of water.
(*Please note that there are some risks associated with ingesting essential oils. We recommend that you personally or professionally determine if this is right for you.)
Spearmint Essential Oil is one of the quintessential therapeutic staples that most aromatherapists have in their employ! No oily collection is complete without it. If you are feeling called to get this high-frequency plant medicine, find it on our website…