Spearmint

Plant/part: Herb/flowering tops and leaves (source: america, asia and britain )

Latin name: Mentha spicata

Family: Labiate

Note: Top

Extraction: Distillation

Aroma: Similar to peppermint though slightly sweeter.

Properties: Antipruritic, antispasmodic, carminative, emmenagogue, insecticide, parturient, restorative, stimulant.
Helpful with digestive problems like vomiting, flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea. Seems to relax the stomach muscles, relieves hiccups and nausea. May help mitigate some other effects of travel and sea sickness. Overall, a tonic to the digestive organs and stimulates the appetite. May help to release retention of urine and dissolves kidney stones . May also be useful during childbirth. Good for headaches, bad breath and sore gums.

Chemical constituents: Carvone, cineole (ketones), carwophyllene (sesquiterpene), limonene, myrcene, phellandrene (terpenes).

Precautions: A sharp oil so total body massage, unless well diluted. Possibility of irritating the eyes as well as sensitive skin. Best avoided in pregnancy.

Blends: Basil, grapefruit, linden blossom, rosemary.