Cornmint Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Mentha arvensis
Other names: Japanese Mint, Field Mint
Country of Origin: India
Part of plant used in production: Flowering plant
Methods of production: Steam distillation
Description: A volatile oil obtained by steam distillation of the freshly harvested wild flowering springs.
Cornmint is sometimes passed for peppermint, however they are not the same since Cornmint oil provides a higher menthol content than peppermint.
Characteristics: Cornmint oil has a strong minty, herbaceous aroma presenting a top fragrance note.
It is pale yellow to colourless and resembles peppermint but stronger due to extra menthol.
Properties: Anti-microbial, anesthetic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, stimulant and a digestive.
Constituents: Menthol, Menthone, Isomenthone, Limonene, 1,8-Cineole, Carvone
Uses: This bitter yet sweet mint oil works wonders to help revitalize and rejuvenate the body. It works wonders on the respiratory system as well as soothing tired, sore muscles and joints. The warmth of cornmint provides relief for nausea associated with motion or morning sickness.
Other uses include: treating asthma, colic, exhaustion, flu, flatulence, headache, nausea, scabies, sinusitis, vertigo.
As with all mints, it leaves a cool feeling on the mucous membranes and is commonly used in toothpaste.
Safety: For external use only. Should be diluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy.