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Peppermint v Spearmint

17/10/2019

Mint is mint! But is it?

 

We use both Peppermint and Spearmint within products and whilst they both have some parallel properties; cooling, antiseptic, disinfectant, they also have some quite different attributes.

 

Spearmint is low in menthol, only 0.5%, so has a much lighter scent. It is a much more calming and soothing essential oil. Peppermint, on the other hand, is 40% menthol so a much more powerful scent making this stimulating, uplifting and anti-fungal.  

 

It becomes quite obvious when you know this, why we use spearmint for Aftershave Balm and peppermint for Foot Cream, but there are some other uses for either mint which might not be so apparent. Either essential oil can be used to calm hot flushes, cool sunburn and relieve itching skin and rashes. So with this knowledge, remember your Foot Cream or Aftershave Balm might just help another problem you’re suffering with. 

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