It is also used for its healing benefits, which are similar to those of peppermint. Many people prefer the less intense flavor and scent of spearmint over that of peppermint.
Spearmint oil is extracted by steam distilling the flowering tops.
The main chemical components of spearmint oil are a-pinene, b-pinene, carvone, 1,8-cineole, linalool, limonene, myrcene, caryophyllene and menthol (0.5% compared to the 40% in peppermint)
Spearmint also wakes and uplifts the mind, but is less harsh than Peppermint and ideal for kids. It is antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, stimulant. It helps reduce gas and other digestive issues, and can possibly relieve hiccups. It also can alleviate tension and headaches, as well as water retention, menstrual cramps and skin infection.