Botanical Name: Mentha spicata
If there was one universal uplifting scent, Somah thinks it would be Spearmint!
NOT TO BE INGESTED.. unless highly HIGHLY diluted and you know how to mix it.
(same goes for Wintergreen, just for the record)
This is a delightful oil to relieve nausea, and motion sickness. Sprinkle it in the car before the passenger gets in and and have it on hand for them to breath in right from the bottle. This is an EXCELLENT OIL to use for morning sickness and feeling sour stomach during pregnancy. Use it the same way just mentioned and perhaps have some in your diffuser.. add Lime or Lavender to keep the Spearmint but invite something additionally soothing.
In the Middle Ages, Spearmint was scattered on the floor to get rid of rodents and encourage good health. The fresh and herbaceous aroma is uplifting. It is a rich antioxidant that supports the respiratory and nervous systems. It is also used to boost the metabolism. The use of spearmint oil dates back to ancient times. This perennial herb originated from the Mediterranean region. In Ayurvedic medicine, it was used to treat digestive conditions, skin problems, and headaches. The historical record shows that it was used extensively in ancient Greece. It was added to baths and used to treat sexually transmitted diseases, whiten teeth, and heal mouth sores.
Today, it is often added to tooth powders, gargles, and toothpaste. It is used throughout the culinary and pharmaceutical industries. Unlike peppermint oil, which is strongly cooling and stimulating, spearmint essential oil is calming, warming, and gently uplifting. These more nuanced properties make it useful for treating mental fatigue, headaches and depression especially when applied to the soles of the feet, diffused, or used in direct palm inhalation.
It is distilled from the flowering plants and has a fresh, sweet, minty, herbaceous aroma. Smells like spearmint gum.
Therapeutic properties are antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, insecticide, restorative and stimulant. Often used for vomiting, colic, flatulence, nervous conditions, bronchitis, sinusitis, catarrh, headaches, migraines, stress, fatigue, asthma, nervous conditions, relief from itching, pruritus, decongesting skin & acne.
Spiritually, spearmint oil helps open and release emotional blocks in the etheric level leading to a sense of balance and well being. The heart and solar plexus chakras are most affected by this oil.