Having a fresh and clean breath is one of my greatest obsessions next to having clear, poreless skin. My favorite toothpaste or mouthwash flavor will always be spearmint. But did you know that it’s not just for our pearly whites? It is packed with different properties that help us from head to toe. Let’s take a look how this fresh and minty essential oil can help us.
Spearmint was first found in Europe but is now grown all over the United States. It was used extensively in Ancient Greece as a treatment for mouth sores and white teeth. They also added this oil to baths and to help treat sexually transmitted diseases. In Ayurvedic medicine, this essential oil was used to treat digestive illnesses, skin problems, and headaches. Today, spearmint essential oil is widely used for digestive and menstrual problems. It is also used to combat nausea.
Spearmint essential oil comes fromMentha spicata, a member of the Lamiaceae family. It is a close relative of peppermint. It’s a herb that grows fast with fragrant green leaves and flower spikes that have small white, pink, or purple flowers. When making the oil, the leaves go through steam distillation.
Sweeter than peppermint, spearmint has a slightly fruity aroma that is less bright. It is warm, herbaceous and minty - living up to its name. It blends well with basil, bergamot, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and rosemary
It can be used in various ways such as:
Spearmint essential oil has relaxing properties that can help the organs with its functions. It can help the stomach pass gas to the intestines then out of the body naturally. It helps provide relief in different health concerns including digestive problems.
Though it is common for pregnant women and those who suffer car sickness to feel dizzy, it is never comfortable. Spearmint essential oil is a great partner to combat nausea as it increases positive thoughts and puts your mind at ease. Several studies have been conducted to prove spearmint essential oil can help alleviate nausea and the results have been promising!
3. Head and Muscular Ache
Spearmint essential oil has analgesic properties that is used to cure headaches no matter what the cause is. Along with peppermint essential oil, it is an effective remedy to tension, sinus and hormonal headaches. This also works well to soothe sore muscles.
It’s no wonder that this essential oil can do wonders for you. Another great use for it is to fight fatigue. Spearmint essential oil can be used to improve focus and concentration. It is safe to use with no harmful side effects.
5. Toothpaste and other Oral Hygiene Products
If you brush your teeth and use other oral hygiene products, the flavor and scent of spearmint will not be new to you. However, it does not just add that minty freshness to our toothpaste. Spearmint also acts as an antiseptic to kill the harmful bacteria in our mouths.
Spearmint essential oil is an effective way to shoo away mosquitoes, white ants, flies, and moths. It can be applied directly to the skin. Some mosquito repellant creams and fumigants contain this essential oil.
Spearmint essential oil is a great addition to your collection. It can help relieve migraines, soothe tummy aches and sore muscles. It really is a versatile essential oil the entire family can benefit from.
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Precautionary Advice: There are no contraindications associated with spearmint essential oil. However, it is advised to be kept away from children.