Latin Name: Mentha spicata
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the flowering tops
Spearmint is distilled from the flowering tops and is a spicy-herbaceous, minty oil. Spearmint is cleansing and may help maintain a healthy digestive system. Good oil for focusing and easing the mind.
Spearmint is a perennial herb that is a hardy branched with bright green, lance-shaped, sharply toothed leaves with pink or lilac coloured flowers in slender cylindrical spikes. Native to the Mediterranean region but now common throughout Europe, Western Asia, and the Middle East. It was introduced to the USA where it became a popular flavouring. The oil is produced in the midwest USA, Hungary, Spain, Russia and China. It is primarily used as the main ingredient in toothpaste, chewing gum and sweets.