Spearmint

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Spearmint

Mentha spicata

Organically farmed in the U.S.A.

Spearmint is generally associated with freshness, cleanliness, toothpaste, chewing gum, etc, and it also has a strong culnary presence, easily going back to the time of the pharoahs. In ancient culinary texts, any reference to "mint" meant spearmint. This includes tea. So spearmint has a long history of usage and has been held in high esteem, especially in the Middle East and Asia. It was less popular in Europe, despite originating there, and became popular in North America as soon as it was introduced

Kickoff

Rattling and clanking
Starting after the November thermostat click.
I love the smell of the house
When my dad would first turn on the furnace
For the winter.
It is a fungus-growing-on-rotting-tree smell,
Something slightly burning.
 
Soon to follow: the counters covered
In Chex and pretzel sticks and mixed nuts
On greasy paper towels,
I love the smell of the kitchen
When my mom practices grandma’s old recipes
For the holidays.
It is a hot-water-hitting-cocoa-mix smell,
Something to come inside to from the Spearmint cold.
 
Then: relatives visit from down the street
And down in Texas, all smelling
The same scents of my home
And happily intruding with their cigarette-and-leather
Or Coors Light-and-cologne smell in my life,
Rattling and clanking.
 

 

Arctander says

Spearmint is produced by steam distillation of partially dried plant material. The oil can be described as pale olive or pale yellow, mobile liquid with a very warm, slightly green herbaceous odor, penetrating and powerful, truly reminscent of the odor of the crushed herb. The flavor is equally warm, almost biting,  spicey-herbaceous, and somewhat bitter. Spearmint oil is used primarily (c 1960) in flavors for toothpaste, chewing gum, candy, mouthwash, etc, where it often acts as a modifer for peppermint. He goes on to say that in perfumery, the oil finds some use for its peculiar herbaceous-green effect in lavender-fougère and jasmine compositions. One of the main constituents, carvone, blends well with certain notes of the jasmine complex. The oil has a good and powerful effect in soap

 

Battaglia cites many clinical studies using spearment for its antiemetic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-spasmodic activies. More information on spearmint's aromatherapy uses can be found in the Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (pages 538-541) Aromatherapy uses include:

Digestive system

nervous system

Psychological

Respiratory system

Skincare (Acne, etc)

Energetics

 

Safety warning

As with most essential oils, dilute before using on skin. Perform a patch test before use if essential oil sensitivity is suspected. Do not take essential oils internally. Do not use on children or pets. Seek advice from a trained aromatherapist before using on people with compromised immune systems. Keep away from eyes and mucus membranes.
Enfleurage makes no medical claims relating to any products, essential oils or otherwise, on our website or through social media. We are an essential oil company, not doctors, The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. We present our information in order to educate our customers on traditional and general uses of essential oils; in no way do we diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or condition.
You the customer are responsible for understanding the safe use of any and all of our products, including essential oils, and use them accordingly.

 

 

 

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