Living Magazine Fall 2015 Living Magazine - Page 19

Essential Oil Spotlight Spearmint Distillation Method: Steam HOW TO USE Sourcing Origin: India Aromatically Plant Part: Whole Plant Spearmint, scientifically known as Mentha spicata, is a perennial plant that has been used for centuries for its health-supporting properties and pleasant flavor. Aside from its refreshing and commonly recognized flavor, Spearmint has a wide range of impressive benefits. You’ve most likely experienced spearmint flavor in candy, toothpaste, chewing gum, or tea. It’s sweet, refreshing aroma helps evoke a positive mood. When taken internally, this essential oil has an ability to ease occasional stomach upset and support overall digestive health. Compared to Peppermint, Spearmint is a gentler option to use on children and those with sensitive skin. • F  or a boost of confidence, diffuse a few drops in the diffuser of your choice. • T  o help keep away insects, add a drop to the shower for a refreshing aroma. Internally • Add 1–2 drops to baked goods, beverages, and homemade chewing gum. • P  lace 1-2 drops in a veggie cap for the occasional stomach upset. Topically • Apply to toothbrush before brushing teeth for fresh breath. • Massage over the heart, on the soles of the feet, or on the back of the neck during times of stress and tension. • Add to lotion or coconut oil and apply to skin for a pleasantly soothing experience. Other • Add a few drops to bathwater for a relaxing and cooling bath. INTERESTING FACTS — In the Middle Ages, spearmint was scattered on the floor to get rid of rodents and encourage good health. ­­— The name “spear” mint derives from the pointed leaf tips. / 19