I adore the fresh lively scent of Spearmint and incorporate it into nearly every recipe I make, everything from air fresheners, to household cleaner, to flavoring of food and beverages; I am particularly fond of a hint of spearmint in my summertime pasta salads!
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is from the botanical Lamiaceae or Labiatae (mint) family. Spearmint (Mentha spicata L. var. spicata) is native of North America. The essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves.
The key constituents of Spearmint essential oil are:
- Carvone (45-55%)
- Limonene (15-25%)
- Cis-Dihydrocarvone (5-10%)
Medical Properties of Spearmint:
Spearmint is known for increasing metabolism, as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, mucolytic, gall bladder stimulant, digestive aid.
Well-known uses for Spearmint oil are: Obesity, intestinal/digestive disorders, hepatitis.
You might also like to know that Spearmint oil is one of the ingredients in a new essential oil blend Slique Essence (pronounced sleek). Slique Essence is an edible, dietary essential oil blend that is absolutely delicious and in my experience it has completely eliminated my sugar cravings and I’ve lost weight too! Follow this link to read a previous post on Slique Essence. I highly recommend trying Slique Essence.
Fragrant influence of Spearmint:
Opening and releasing emotional blocks and brings about a feeling of balance and a lasting sense of well-being.
Ways to Use and Apply Spearmint Essential Oil
Topical / Massage:
Dilute 1 drop Spearmint essential oil with 1 teaspoon V-6 Massage Oil. Apply 2-4 drops on location, chakras or Vita Flex points.
Straight from the bottle or put one drop in your palm, rub palms together and cup palms over the nose and inhale (without touching the face of course).
Follow recommended instructions for your diffuser. Diffuse Spearmint for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times a day.
Put one drop of Spearmint* essential oil in a glass of water, and sip for a nice cooling and refreshing effect. Add one drop to a favorite recipe where a hint of spearmint flavor will enhance the other flavors. Be sure to read; Cooking with Essential Oils for specific measures and conversions. *Do not ingest other brands of essential oils as the quality is not superior, the label will even tell you if it can be ingested or not.
Some Favorite Recipes with Spearmint Oil
Summertime Pasta Salad
As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I love a hint of spearmint oil in my pasta salad. To do this I simply cook up a pound of whatever shape pasta I want.
While the pasta is cooking I crush-up about 4-6 cloves of garlic, thinly slice about 3-5 carrots, chop up a handful of sundried tomatoes, chop up about a 1/2 cup of sweet or red onion, add some fresh sugar snap peas (or thawed frozen peas), and whatever happens to be fresh in the garden. Put all of these ingredients into a small bowl and add just a splash of Balsamic Vinegar and very carefully add NOT more than a drop of YL Spearmint essential oil (essential oils are extremely potent, if you use more than one drop it will taste too strong!) Then, stir together and pour over rinsed and cooled pasta.
I then will top it with some edible flowers (Nasturtium, Viola’s or Chive flowers) and a whole bunch of fresh Thyme flowers from the garden. Serve chilled or at room temp.
Air Fresher Spray
This is a little air freshener I concocted over 20 years ago when I first began using essential oils. I came up with it because I wanted something all-natural that smelled amazing, purified indoor air fast, and had disinfecting properties. It is still my favorite and I use it daily to spray into the air or to spritz on bed linens when I am making the bed each morning.
You will need…
- 14oz. spray bottle
- 15 drops Spearmint essential oil
- 12 drops Thyme essential oil
- 10 drops Cypress essential oil
- 10 drops Orange essential oil
- 10 drops Ylang Ylang or Jasmine essential oil
- 8 drops Sandalwood essential oil
- 3-5 drops Patchouli essential oil
Fill the spray bottle with water. Add essential oils. Shake. Spray into air for use as an air freshener. Spritz bed linens when making the bed for a I can’t wait to climb into the best smelling bed scent.
I also use this spray as my household cleaner. As a matter of fact it is so good at disinfecting surfaces that I do not use any other cleaners. I even use it to clean the tub and sinks (spritz then add some baking soda to make a softscrub cleaner) and it is excellent for use on cleaning the toilet too! It’s excellent on floors and as a car air freshener too. I use it for everything. And did I say the scent is amazing!?
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