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Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is a species of mint, native to the Balkan Peninsula and Turkey.

Spearmint is used for its aromatic oil, referred to as oil of spearmint. The most abundant compound in spearmint oil is R-(–)-carvone, which gives spearmint its distinctive smell. Spearmint oil also contains significant amounts of limonene, dihydrocarvone, and 1,8-cineol. Unlike oil of peppermint, oil of spearmint contains minimal amounts of menthol and menthone. It is used as a flavoring for toothpaste and confectionery, and is sometimes added to shampoos and soaps.

Spearmint has been used traditionally as medicines for minor ailments such as fevers, and digestive disorders.

Spearmint has been historically used for its antimicrobial activity, which is likely due to the high concentration of carvone. Its antibacterial activity has been compared to, and is even said to surpass, that of amoxicillin, penicillin, and streptomycin. Spearmint oil is found to have higher activity against Gram-positive bacteria compared to Gram-negative bacteria, which may be due to differing sensitivities to oils. The degree of antimicrobial activity varies with the type of microorganism tested.

Find Organic Spearmint Essential Oil, Extract, Hydrosol and Dried Leafs in the following BVO products.


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