The Peppermint plant is a hybrid variety, a mix of watermint and spearmint plants. It has a high menthol content and this compound is used in a variety of ways: in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral hygiene. Peppermint also helps alleviate stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function when the balm is applied on the chest. It is also a popular essential oil sold by Swiss Mist. The therapeutic effects of fresh peppermint leaves and peppermint essential oil have been known since ancient times, and its aromatic aroma has come to symbolize hospitality in many cultures.

Peppermint is one of nature’s most valuable herbal remedies. There are about 25 different species of mint. When selecting peppermint for your personal use, the fresh leaves will impart a superior flavor to dried leaves. In addition to using fresh mint leaves in tea, you can add them to soups and fruit salads. Peppermint essential oil is also widely available, as is peppermint extract in supplement form.

Peppermint essential oil is ideal for muscle pains and chest rubs, headaches, dental care and aromatherapy uses. You can even add it to your homemade cleaning supplies for added antimicrobial power and natural fragrance to your home.

Peppermint Oil  Scientific name is   Mentha piperita    

Parts Used

Flowering plant

Extraction Method

Steam distilled

Note Classification

High

Aroma

Fresh, very minty, hot, herbaceous, with a vegetative back note

Overview

Peppermint oil has many culinary and pharmaceutical uses. It is also used for its soothing qualities on the digestive system.

Packaging

15 ml. essential oils are packaged in cobalt blue glass bottles with European drop reducers for easy application.

Herbal Actions

Analgesic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, cordial, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge

Blends well with these oils:

Basil, benzoin, black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, pine, ravensara, rosemary, tea tree

Oil Facts:

Mild climate stress in the growing conditions of the plant increases the oil content and sesquiterpene levels in the oil.

Precautions

Oil Specific: Avoid if you have epilepsy and while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.

General: As with all essential oils, never use Peppermint oil undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally. Keep away from children at all times. If applying Peppermint essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to your body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil.)

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.