Spearmint has been used for centuries as a mental stimulant, digestive aid, antiseptic, local anasthetic, decongestant and insect repellent. The ancient Greeks used Spearmint in their bathwater and employed it as a mental relaxant and restorative tonic. The Romans brought Spearmint to Britain where it was used to stop milk from curdling. As early as the Middle Ages, Spearmint was used in oral hygiene to heal sore gums and whiten teeth. Spearmint is frequently used to flavor toothpastes, chewing gum, candy, and mouthwash.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Anesthetic (local), Antiseptic, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Carminative, Cephalic, Decongestant, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Hepatic, Insecticide, Nervine, Stimulant (digestive), Stomachic, Tonic.
- Sharpens the senses
- Clarifying and cleansing
- Combats fatigue
- Calms nausea
- Aids with indigestion
- Combats sinusitis
- Clears chest, lung and sinus congestion