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 Spearmint Essential Oil uses - Aromatherapy- Spearmint

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Oil Name:Spearmint
Note: Top
Parts of plant used:Flowering tops and leaves
Botanical Name:Mentha Spicata
Aroma: Minty and sweet

Spearmint Essential Oil:

Spearmint is one of many varieties of mint but unlike peppermint it contains no menthol.

Spearmint essential oil is rather sharp and could be irritant.

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Spearmint Essential Oil Properties and Uses:

Headaches Fluid retentionFlatulence

Spearmint Essential Oil Constituents:

Carvone: A Monoterpene Hydrocarbon.

Carvone has been identified in a study supported by the US National Cancer Institute to have some increasing effect in levels of glutathione S-transferase (a detoxifying enzyme) in mice (Zheng and colleagues 1992)

Monoterpene Hydrocarbons: Found in almost all Essential Oils have anti-tumour effects on mice in the laboratory. There is also evidence that Monoterpene Hydrocarbons lose this anti-tumour effect as the hydrocarbons become oxidised when the effect is reversed.

Monoterpene Hydrocarbons are antiviral, decongestant, diuretic and a tonic to mucous membranes.

Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb. Limonene also has antiviral properties.


Cineole: One of the two most important Monoterpene Oxides, the other is Ascaridole, Cineole is one of the most widely distributed constituents amongst plants as an oxidised product of monoterpenes. Cineole is often also called Eucalyptol, named so because it is the major component of Eucalyptus oil.

Cineole is a expectorant widely used in commercial cough lozenges. It has a reputation as a skin irritant amongst many practitioners but recent tests have failed to confirm this.


Carophyllene Oxide: No current data available

Myrcene:  A monoterpene found in essential oil of basil.

Monoterpenes: One of the many terpenes, monoterpenes (the smallest of the terpenes, although one of the most widely occurring) are mostly found in essential or volatile oils. Aromatherapists use monoterpenes as a mucus membrane tonic as decongestants and to ease nasal and other mucus membrane discomfort.

Monoterpenes evaporate easily and have a low boiling point. Monoterpenes are mostly colorless and odorless, prone to oxidation. Oxidants from monoterpenes could be irritant.

Monoterpenes are antiseptic, antiviral and bactericidal.

Phellandrene: No current data available

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