Spearmint grows well in nearly all temperate climates. Gardeners often grow it in pots or planters due to its invasive, spreading rhizomes. The plant prefers partial shade, but can flourish in full sun to mostly shade. Spearmint is best suited to loamy soils with abundant organic material.
Spearmint leaves can be used fresh, dried, or frozen. They can also be preserved in salt, sugar, sugar syrup, alcohol, or oil. The leaves lose their aromatic appeal after the plant flowers.
Spearmint essential oil is made from the spearmint leaves and was know in the early ages for promoting a healty digestive system and even deterring rodents.
As opposed to the Peppermint, the Spearmint leaves contain a low concentration of menthol which makes their aroma and taste less harsh.
We use the Spearmint oil for fragrance as well as to create the cooling effect in our soothing gel.