SPEAR MINT OIL
Botanical Name: Mentha spicata
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Perfumery Note: Top
Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
Aromatic Description: Minty, slightly fruity aroma that is less bright than peppermint.
Possible Uses: Asthma, exhaustion, fever, flatulence, headache, nausea, scabies, vertigo. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 59-67.]
Constituents: a-pinene, B-pinene, carvone, 1,8-cineole, linalool, limonene, myrcene, caryophyllene, menthol. [B. Lawrence, "Spearmint Oil," Perfumer & Flavorist, December/January 1977, 31, cited in Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 1997), 200-1.]