Whole Plants for Whole People . . . The Holistic Natural Skin Care System
Peppermint Essential Oil--Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil has a very refreshing and stimulating aroma, great for cooling down on a hot day. The botanical name of the most commonly used variety for essential oil is mentha pipereta and it is most commonly extracted by steam distillation. The mint aroma is described as reminiscent of peppermint candies, but more concentrated and minty and more robustly fragrant than spearmint.
Peppermint Essential Oil - Aceite esencial de menta Product Abstract: Mentha piperita, also known as 'candy mint', was once thought to be a species, but has been found to be a perennial hybrid that only proliferates by spreading its rhizomes underground. A very hearty fast-growing herb, it can grow anywhere. It has reddish veins and lightly fuzzy leaves, and it's interesting chromosome count can vary between 66 and 120 chromosomes. Peppermint is used as a fragrancing agent in soaps, candles and toiletries.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: A top note with a strong aroma, Peppermint has a sharp, penetrating scent based on its high menthol content. The minty sweetness of the vapor makes it one of the most popular Essential Oils.
Blends With: Basil, Bergamot, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Pine, Rosemary, Spearmint and Thyme.
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Description / Color / Consistency: A thin, colorless to pale yellow liquid.
Botanical Name: Mentha Piperita
Main Constituents: L-Menthol: 36.75% L-Menthone: 24.05% Menthofuran: 5.10%
Note: Because of the very high menthol content of this oil, it may crystalize. If so, we would recommend placing the bottle in a very hot water bath, and changing the water frequently until it is back to its liquid state, then gently agitate before use.
Cautions: Dilute very well before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping), be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.
Menthol helps ease tension headaches and muscular aches and pains.
According to Valerie Worwood, in her book "The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy",1991, p.405, Peppermint Essential Oil can be used for inflammation, nausea, indigestion, fevers, headaches, migraine, liver problems, arthritis and is a stimulant.