Spearmint essential oil is the oil of choice for people who want to use peppermint essential oil but can’t tolerate peppermint’s high menthol content. Think of spearmint oil as peppermint light. It is mint that is high in carvone and limonene rather than menthol.
This oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the spearmint plant, which is known botanically as Mentha spicata syn. M. cardiaca and M. viridis. You can use it to treat bacterial and fungal infections, headaches, digestive tract problems, menstrual irregularity, neuropathy and fatigue. It has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, cephalic, emmenagogue, insecticidal, restorative and stimulant therapeutic properties.
1. Alleviate Constipation
Mix 1 drop of spearmint essential oil into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into the lower abdomen and lower back to alleviate constipation. It will relax the muscles, making it easier to go.
2. Stop Diarrhea
Use spearmint oil in the same way to stop diarrhea. It will relieve uncomfortable muscle spasms.
3. Relieve Nausea, Indigestion and Flatulence
Add 1 to 2 drops of spearmint oil to your diffuser, along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water, and run the diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes to get relief from flatulence, indigestion and nausea. For best results, enjoy spearmint aromatherapy during mealtime.
You can also apply the 1% spearmint/carrier oil blend topically for this. It is especially good for flatulence, due to its abdominal muscle-relaxing carminative properties.
4. Treat Bacterial Infections of the Digestive Tract
Apply the 1% spearmint EO/carrier oil blend to the abdomen two to three times a day to treat intestinal bacterial infections. You can ingest 1 drop of spearmint oil up to 3 times a day; however, topical application will usually do the trick.
If you do decide to try taking spearmint oil orally, add 1 drop of the spearmint oil and 1 drop of cooking oil to a vege cap and take it that way. You can also add 1 drop to juice or tea.
*Manufacturers often dilute spearmint oil with a synthetic carvone substance. Make sure you buy high-quality, unadulterated spearmint essential oil.*
5. Enhance the Digestive Process
Blend 1 drop of spearmint essential oil into 1 teaspoon of the carrier oil of your choice and massage it into the abdomen after meals to enhance the digestive process. The spearmint oil encourages bile production and soothes and relaxes the abdominal muscles.
Begin massaging the oil into the skin on your upper right abdominal area directly over your liver. Continue all the way down in a c