Updated: Jun 21, 2020

Spearmint Essential Oil is obtained from the bright green Mentha spicata herb, and its name is derived from the fact that it has pointed, spear-shaped leaves. Having originated in the Mediterranean region, Spearmint was widely used in Greece as an aphrodisiac. It was also used to scent bath water, treat sexually transmitted diseases, clear the voice, and cure hiccups.

Spearmint Essential Oil is obtained from the steam distillation of the Spearmint plant’s leaves, stems, and/or flowering tops. The extracted essential oils range in color from clear and colorless to a pale yellow or pale olive. Its scent is fresh and herbaceous.

The uses of Spearmint Essential Oil are abundant, ranging from medicinal and odorous to cosmetic.

Its many forms include oils, gels, lotions, soaps, shampoos, sprays, and candle making.


Spearmint is considered a gentler alternative to peppermint, with many of the same clarifying properties. Native to central Europe, spearmint was cultivated by the Romans, who introduced it to England and France. Its name comes not from the plant’s spear-shaped leaves but from the monastery of Saint-Pierre, France that grew the plant in its medicinal gardens. Spearmint was brought to America by colonists who consumed it to ward off scurvy, as the leaves are high in vitamin C. Before refrigerators, crushed spearmint was even added to milk to keep it from curdling!