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    Spearmint plants in India
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Spearmint Oil India Mentha spicata

  • Description

    Spearmint is a native of Europe although it has now been naturalised in most parts of the world. Commercially we see larger production areas in China, India, USA, Canada and South Africa. 

    It is easily grown in most soil types so long as it’s not too dry. For essential oil production it is often said the sunnier the better. It is often grown alongside other crops that grow taller as it likes to have some shade. Spearmint itself will grow around 1 metre in height. In blossom it will develop pink or pale purple coloured flowers.

    We all know spearmint for its unique and popular flavouring and it is commonly found in confectionary and teas. It is also very common in toothpaste flavours. It’s the R-(–)-carvone, which gives spearmint its distinctive smell.

    Unlike peppermint, spearmint does not contain high amounts of menthol. Its main components are a-pinene, β-pinene, carvone, 1,8-cineole, linalool, limonene, myrcene and caryophyllene. 

    The therapeutic properties of spearmint oil are antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, emmenagogue, insecticide, restorative and a stimulant.

    India is one of the largest producers of spearmint oil having produced around 325 MT in 2015. In comparison, the USA produces approximately 1,500 tonnes annually.

  • Product Details

    • Botanical name: Mentha spicata
    • Origin: India
    • Crop Season: July - August
    • Plant/part used: Leaf
    • Method of extraction: Steam distillation
    • TSCA CAS: 84696-51-5
    • EINECS: 283-656-2
    • Appearance: Pale yellow to colourless clear liquid
    • Organoleptic Properties: Mint, green, fresh
    • Density: 0.917 - 0.962
    • Refractive index: 1.480 - 1.500
    • Optical rotation: -45° to -62°
    • Chemical constituents: a-pinene, β-pinene, carvone, 1,8-cineole, linalool, limonene, myrcene and caryophyllene
  • Latest Market Information December 26, 2019

    The Indian spearmint crop is slightly lower than last season. A fall in demand has led to a lowering of prices somewhat. Additionally, a corresponding reduction in prices of      d-limonene has cut down the price for synthetic L-carvone even. However, the decline in the spearmint crop is not by a significant margin; and is not expected to have a drastic effect on prices.

    Market price USD 32.00 /kilo
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