Spearmint

Herbs have been used since ancient times for their health promoting properties. Records show that the use of mint goes back as far as the Old Testament and the Egyptians. Today, most people associate mint with toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum and candy canes, but mint has so many other uses. Its sweet, fresh qualities has many medicinal and therapeutic benefits as well as culinary and household uses.

At Peppermint Jim’s and Crosby Mint Farms we grow two varieties of true mints: Mentha Piperita, or peppermint, which produces a high concentration of menthol in its leaves; and Mentha Spicata, or spearmint, which produces a large amount of camphor, often seen as an active ingredient in over the counter ointments and rubs. Mint is a perennial and propagates through its root stock, not from seed. The delicate purple flowers it produces are popular among bees, though. We are proud to say that we grow a root stock that is over 60 years old and has stood the test of time. Not all mints produce oils. As far as we know, there are over 2800 different varieties of mint in the world.  True mint have glands at the bottom of the leaves and when matured, contain the essential oil. This is what we harvest when we cut the mint for oil distillation.

An essential oil is the essence of the plant, gently extracted through steam distillation and with no use of chemicals. A true essential oil is not blended with alcohol or synthetics, therefore should have a very long shelf life.

Peppermint naturally contains a high concentration of menthol, giving it a cooling sensation on the skin and a sinus opening effect. It is also known for its uplifting, energizing and stimulating effect. Spearmint is warming and soothing due to its high natural camphor concentration and is know to be calming and relaxing. Both oils are known to be:

  • antibacterial
  • antiviral
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antimicrobial
  • antispasmodic
  • anti-oxidant
  • anti-fungal
  • analgesic

You may dilute the oils if desired with a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, massage oil or lotion, water, tea, etc. depending on the application. Please note that Peppermint Jim’s oils are full strength.

All around the world, mint’s versatility makes it a popular herb in the kitchen. In baking, candy making, drinks, salads, dressings and sauces the possibilities are extensive. Spice up your steamed vegetables or add mint leaves to boiled potatoes or rice in place of parsley, put mint leaves (or oil) in ice cubes for a little zing in your ice tea or lemonade and of course, mint is a great companion with lamb and tuna, as well as chocolate and ice cream. (See our Recipe tab for further ideas on how to use mint in your kitchen.)

Besides its uplifting scent, mint also has many household uses such as an air freshener, pest control and deodorizer. You can make your own air fresheners or potpourri using mint oil or mint leaves. To repel ants and rodents simply drop a few drops of Peppermint or Spearmint oil to a cotton ball and place where the ants, spiders or mice are coming into your home. Mint is also used to repel aphids, flies, gnats, lice and moths! You can add a few drops of mint oil to your mop water, laundry softener or dishwasher to help against mold or odors.

At Peppermint Jim and Crosby Mint Farms we work hard to bring you the best mint essential oils, mint products and fresh mint. Because we work closely with Mother Nature, small difference in batches may occur, resulting in slight variations in scent, color and feel. This is due to rain, sunshine, temperatures and overall weather conditions, but does not affect the effectiveness of the oils.

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

*This information or products has not been evaluated by the FDA.

* Keep all essential oil products out of reach of children and pets.

* Pregnant and/or lactating women should consult a physician before use.

* If you are on medication consult your physician before use.

* Avoid contact with eyes.

* Some people may be allergic to mint oil.

*Our oils are non-certified food grade quality

* This information is for educational purposes only and in no way intended as a substitute for medical consultation by a health care professional or pediatrician.