Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Commonly known for its flavor, spearmint is a perennial plant that offers a sweet and minty taste and aroma. For years, spearmint has thrived in the candy, gum, and dental product industries because of its favorable savor and breath-freshening properties. Spearmint essential oil also promotes fresh breath and is used frequently in cooking and baking to create salad dressings, drinks, desserts, and meat marinades. Aromatically, the cleansing and energizing aroma of Spearmint essential oil encourages a sense of focus while simultaneously uplifting mood. Spearmint oil can also promote digestion and help to reduce occasional stomach upset.* Spearmint is very different from Peppermint, making it a milder option to use on children and those with sensitive skin.
To buy a bottle of pure Spearmint, visit the Spearmint essential oil product page or order from a local doTERRA Wellness Advocate.
doTERRA Spearmint essential oil is both pure and potent. Having a pure and potent oil is important because it determines how effective an essential oil is. When an essential oil contains contaminants or filler substances or when an essential oil plant is grown and harvested incorrectly, the essential oil is weakened and is less likely to produce quality results.
doTERRA ensures purity and potency of their essential oils with thorough and specific methods. To obtain maximum potency of essential oils, the plant of the essential oils must be grown and harvested in its optimal environment by skilled and knowledgeable farmers. For this reason, doTERRA employs native farmers from all over the globe to grow and harvest the essential oil plants correctly and in their optimal environments. This process produces potent essential oils that provide powerful benefits. To ensure pure oils, doTERRA puts each batch of essential oils through the CPTG® Protocol. This protocol consists of multiple tests that asses the purity of each oil. When oils are found pure, they are then readied to be sold. Through these methods and tests, doTERRA produces potent and pure oils, like Spearmint, that have incredible uses and benefits for all to use.
Because teas were not taxed by the English around the time of the American Revolution, mint teas became a popular drink in North America. Spearmint was even used as a prominent cash crop in Connecticut during this time.1
The Spearmint plant, Mentha spicata, is an herbaceous perennial that is a member of the Lamiaceae plant family. This plant is characterized by its ovate to lanceolate dark green leaves, and its terminal spikes wherefrom grow tiny, lilac, pink, and white flowers. The leaves of this plant can be highly fragrant.2
Main Chemical Components: carvone, limonene, 1, 8-cineole, β-myrcene
The main chemical component of Spearmint is carvone. Carvone has a monoterpene backbone and is part of the ketone functional group. Carvone contains energizing properties that strongly contribute to Spearmint’s mood-uplifting abilities. According to a recently published study by Brazilian neuroscientists, the type of carvone ((R)-(-)-carvone) found in Spearmint demonstrated, in an experimental preclinical study, a statistically significant calming effect against a heightened state of excitement.3* This contributes to the belief that Spearmint may support healthy nervous system function.* To learn more about Carvone or other chemical components found in doTERRA essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.
Spearmint essential oil blends well with Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus essential oils for diffusion.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.