Aromatherapists use spearmint to energize the mind and body. When your mind is tired and in need of stimulating and upliftment, then spearmint oil is the one for you, and although it has very many properties in common to that of peppermint oil, it contains only small amounts of menthol and is far less harsh on the skin and ideal for use in children.
The first recorded use of Mentha spicata dates as far back as 400 A.D. A native species to the Mediterranean region, spearmint was collected throughout the Roman Empire and valued for its pleasant aroma. Spearmint is referred to in the Bible as a tithe offering by the Pharisees. Romans cultivated spearmint and introduced it to the English during their conquests.
Spearmint can have a calming effect when used for insomnia. Spearmint has also been described as having excellent antioxidant properties.