Guest Author - Terry Lynn Kosse
Spearmint has been in use, at least since the time of the Greeks. They used it for many reasons from ingesting it in tea to help settle your stomach, to putting it on the skin to help heal acne and sores. They also used it in their food to bring a minty taste. Today it is found in candy, mouthwash, mints, gum, and is even used in cosmetics. It is one of the more versatile herbs and can be easily acquired.
Spearmint can be used in a tea as an essential oil or even in capsule form. It can help with an assortment of ailments I will list below. It is also great for the cold and flu season by aiding the respiratory system, helping the lungs to rid itself of catarrh or phlegm. By inhaling the aroma from the oil deep into lungs it can help with bronchitis, sinusitis, and helps to calm coughing that is associated with these conditions
This oil is also excellent for the skin. If you have acne you can mix a few drops in a carrier or base oil such as coconut, almond, apricot, safflower or grape seed oil if you have oily skin and it will help to heal pimples and renew your complexion.
One of the main reasons I started using spearmint was its use for headaches and fatigue. They seem to go hand in hand with raising kids and juggling jobs. I have even mixed a little of the essential oil with a base oil and rubbed it on my temples to help speed things up. It can also be rubbed onto sore muscles and is great for muscle spasms.
Another of its many and wonderful uses is that it helps with gas, bloating, constipation and general digestive tract disorders. By making spearmint tea and drinking slowly it calms and soothes the tummy.
Here are a few simple recipes for spearmint oil:
Mix 2-3 drops of oil into a cup of hot tea for headache or fatigue.
For asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis you can use 2-3 drops into a diffuser.
For colds, fever and flu drop 3-4 drops onto a warm washcloth and use as a compress on the chest and neck area.
For acne or irritated skin you can use with a mild base oil such as coconut or if you have oily skin I recommend grape seed take 2-3 drops in a teaspoon of base oil and apply to affected area.
Spearmint mixes well with other oils such as eucalyptus, myrrh, peppermint, rosemary and thyme, marjoram and tee tree.
Spearmint is so very versatile and can be used as often as necessary to help with so many aliments. I hope you enjoy working with this essential oil as much as I do.