Peppermint Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Mentha piperita
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Other names: Mitcham Mint, Balm Mint, Brandy Mint
Country of Origin: India
Part of plant used in production: Leaves and flowering tops
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: A perennial herb with underground runners which make it easy to propagate. Peppermint, which has several different species, is the most common of the mints as it is highly valued for its therapeutic properties.
Characteristics: Peppermint oil is colourless to pale yellow and has a piercing grassy-menthol refreshing odour with a deep balsamic undertone.
Properties: Analgesic, anaesthetic, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, hepatic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge.
Constituents: Menthol, menthone, isomenthone, 1,8-cineole, limonene, pinene, pinene
Uses: Peppermint is recommended by many professionals for its uplifting and energizing attributes. It allows people to clear their minds and refresh the spirits, promoting concentration. This makes it wonderful for offices, conference rooms and classrooms. Because it is a strong anaesthetic, peppermint oil relieves soft tissue pain, joint pain and insect bites. It also cools the skin, easing irritation and inflammation.
Avoid use during pregnancy. 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.