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Spearmint Oil

Spearmint Oil

Mentha spicata


As a milder alternative to other mint essential oils, Spearmint oil is gentle enough to use topically or while cooking—without losing any of its freshness.





Spearmint is a perennial plant that grows 11–40 inches tall and flourishes in temperate climates. It is widely used in gums, candies, and dental products for its minty taste, and to promote fresh breath. Spearmint has been used internally for centuries for its digestive benefits*. Its sweet, refreshing aroma is uplifting, making it ideal to diffuse while working or studying. Spearmint oil is very different from Peppermint, making it a milder option to use topically on children and those with sensitive skin. In cooking, Spearmint is frequently used in salads, drinks, and desserts, but it can also be used in homemade salad dressings and to marinate meats.



  • Diffuse Spearmint essential oil for a positive environment.
  • Apply to toothbrush before brushing teeth for fresh breath.
  • Add a drop or two to any dessert, drink, salad, or entrée for flavoring and to promote digestion.*
  • For occasional stomach upset, add one to two drops of Spearmint oil to water and drink.*

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in four fluid ounces of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

This oil is Kosher certified.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.


Primary Benefits

  • Promotes digestion and helps reduce occasional stomach upset when used internally*
  • Incorporate into effective work and study habits
  • Cleanses the mouth and promotes fresh breath

Aromatic Description

Sweet, minty, fresh

Collection Method

Steam Distillation

Plant Part


Main Constituents

Carvone, limonene, 1, 8-cineole, β-myrcene


Spearmint is a sweet, refreshing herb used as a flavoring around the world. Spearmint oil supports digestion,* promotes a healthy nervous system,* freshens breath, and inspires confidence.*


Usage Tips:

  • Apply to toothbrush before brushing teeth for fresh breath.
  • Add a drop or two to desserts, drinks, salads, smoothies, or entrées for flavoring and to promote digestion.*
  • To reduce occasional stomach upset, add 1–2 drops to water and drink.*
  • Diffuse while studying to encourage and enhance focus.


What Is Spearmint?

There are hundreds of varieties of mint, but one of the oldest and most popular is spearmint. Although sometimes confused with Peppermint, Spearmint is chemically distinct and contains only a hint of the menthol that dominates Peppermint’s flavor. Spearmint is a milder and sweeter mint—a great option for children or for those with sensitive skin. Some of Spearmint’s primary constituents include carvone (which may support nervous system health*) and limonene (which is responsible for the uplifting benefits of citrus oils), neither of which are present in high quantities in Peppermint.

What Is Spearmint Oil Used For?

Spearmint essential oil is common in dental products since it has mild cleansing properties and promotes fresh breath. Add a drop to your toothpaste for a minty boost or add to a glass of water and use as a mouthwash. Spearmint is also soothing to the digestive system and is often taken in water for overall digestive support.* Take a drop or two in a veggie capsule to ease digestive discomfort.*

Emotionally, Spearmint brings clarity and promotes a sense of focus. It blends well with many other oils, including Lavender, Basil, and Rosemary. For a boost of confidence, increased mental clarity, and a pleasing aroma, diffuse a few drops of Spearmint. To apply topically, dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil. Add Spearmint to doTERRA Hand & Body Lotion for a refreshing, energizing experience.

What Else Is Spearmint Oil Good For?

Spearmint has cleansing properties that make it especially useful as a surface cleaner. Add to a spray bottle with water to create a refreshing surface cleanser.

Use it in the kitchen and bathroom to help eliminate odors and leave a clean, minty scent behind.

Spearmint oil is popular as a seasoning in marinades, desserts, candy, condiments, and summertime drinks like mint-lemonades and mojitos. Try adding it to your own recipes for a refreshing change in flavor and boost for your internal health.*


Where Does Spearmint Essential Oil Come From?

Spearmint is native to parts of Asia and the Mediterranean and has been a favorite for thousands of years. Ancient Romans scented baths with spearmint because of its sweet smell and uplifting effects. doTERRA Spearmint essential oil is distilled from true spearmint leaves (Mentha spicata) that are grown and harvested in India, where spearmint is popularly used in chutney.



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