Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature
From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:
- Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Insecticide, Restorative, Stimulant
- Excellent for indigestion and is gentle enough to use with children
- The aroma of spearmint is uplifting and relieves strain and fatigue
From The Aromatherapy Book2:
- Can be mixed with tea tree for direct application on acne and skin irritation
- Instills a “feeling of freedom and lightness” reminiscent of childhood
- Can be a mild stimulant and relieve fatigue
Spearmint in Research
Numerous recent studies on spearmint have highlighted its potential therapeutic benefits. It has been found to have antibacterial, antioxidant, and antifungal properties3, pain-blocking4, and hormone regulating activity5, and was found to have significant benefits for memory, mood, sleep, and overall energy6.
Summary of Research Studies
- Spearmint was found to have significant antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal activity in vitro.3
- Carvone, one of the main components in spearmint essential oil was found to have pain-blocking activity in mice.4
- Daily consumption of spearmint tea was shown to regulated androgen hormones in women with hormone imbalances.5
- In a 2018 study, spearmint extract supplements were found to significantly improve working memory, spatial working memory, ability to fall asleep, vigor-activity, mood disturbance, and alertness after waking up in subjects with age-associated memory impairment.6
Spearmint oil is considered non-toxic, a non-irritant and non-sensitizing. The gentler relative of Peppermint, it is suitable for use with children and others who may find the menthol content of Peppermint too strong. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician. Spearmint is not recommended to be used on infants less than 30 months old.
1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.
2 Rose, Jeanne. The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations. North Atlantic Books, 2013.
3 Hussain, Abdullah I., et al. “Chemical Composition, and Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activities of Essential Oil of Spearmint (Mentha SpicataL.) From Pakistan.” Journal of Essential Oil Research, vol. 22, no. 1, 2010, pp. 78–84., doi:10.1080/10412905.2010.9700269.
4 Gonçalves, Juan Carlos Ramos, et al. “Antinociceptive Activity of (−)-Carvone: Evidence of Association with Decreased Peripheral Nerve Excitability.” Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin, vol. 31, no. 5, 2008, pp. 1017–1020., doi:10.1248/bpb.31.1017.
5 Akdoğan, Mehmet, et al. “Effect of Spearmint (Mentha Spicata Labiatae) Teas on Androgen Levels in Women with Hirsutism.” Phytotherapy Research, vol. 21, no. 5, 2007, pp. 444–447., doi:10.1002/ptr.2074.
6 Herrlinger, Kelli A., et al. “Spearmint Extract Improves Working Memory in Men and Women with Age-Associated Memory Impairment.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 24, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 37–47., doi:10.1089/acm.2016.0379.