CAS Number: 8008-79-5 ; 84696-51-5
FEMA Number: 3032
EINECS Number: 283-656-2
Paras Code: PEO1146
Mentha Spicata (Family : Lamiaceacae) native to Europe, Asia (Middle East, Himalayas, China etc),and naturalized in parts of Northern and Western Africa, North and South America, as well as various oceanic Islands. It is a vigorously rhizomatous, perennial, forming an extensive colony of erect stems, bearing spearmint aroma, lance-shaped leaves, and small light purple flowers in interrupted terminal spikes. Spearmint is cultivated for its aromatic and carminative oil. The most abundant compound in spearmint oil is R-(-)- carvone, which gives spearmint its distinctive smell. Spearmint oil also contains significant amount of limonene, dihydrocarvone, and 1,8-cineol. Spearmint oil contains minimal amounts of menthol and menthone.
Refreshing, minty, slightly herbaceous odour; sweeter than Peppermint.
Pale yellow to greenish colored liquid.
Spearmint is commonly used domestic herbal remedy. Leaves are used for making tea. It is traditionally used in fevers, headaches, digestive disorder and various minor ailments. The herb is reported to be antiemetic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, diuretic, restorative, stimulant and stomachic. Essential oil is anti-septic. Plants also repels insects.