Peppermint essential oil has a sharp, fresh, minty, herbaceous aroma. It is one of the most beneficial essential oils for the digestive system, and is also useful for skin conditions, headaches, respiratory problems and aches and pains.
Peppermint is a perennial herb that is native to the Mediterranean. It is also widely cultivated in the UK, USA, China and Japan. Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled from the plant’s flowering tops and leaves. The medicinal properties of Peppermint have long been recognised. It has been cultivated since ancient times in Japan and China and evidence of its use was also found in Egypt, in a tomb dating back to 1000 BC. The word Peppermint is derived from the Latin word ‘mente’ meaning ‘thought’, as it is reported that the Romans used Peppermint as a tonic for the brain. Today, Peppermint is one of the best essential oils for treating digestive upsets and for helping to improve concentration and clarity of thought. The different types of Peppermint can be distinguished via their menthol content. Peppermint from the UK generally contains 60-70% menthol, Chinese or Japanese Peppermint (Cornmint) contains approx 85% and Peppermint from the USA contains approx 50% menthol. Peppermint essential oil derived from Mentha piperita is considered to be superior to that of Mentha arvensis.
Species: Mentha piperita
Plant family: Lamiaceae
Extraction method: Steam distilled
Safety Note: Only use small amounts in blends for the skin and when using in the bath. Do not use while pregnant. Do not use on babies and young children.
Skin: Peppermint essential oil has a soothing, cooling effect on the skin. It can help to reduce redness and inflammation and calm irritation and itchiness. It is good to use in a facial steam to deeply cleanse and decongest the skin, particularly where acne is present.
Mind: Peppermint helps to stimulate the mind and improve concentration, mental agility and focus. It is also beneficial for treating mental fatigue, depression, shock and feelings of negativity and insecurity.
Body: Peppermint soothes the stomach and aids digestion. It is beneficial for all types of digestive problems including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, indigestion, cramps and irritable bowel. It can also be beneficial for headaches and migraines particularly when combined with Lavender. The high menthol content makes it a useful expectorant for respiratory conditions such as coughs and colds, and its pain relieving properties are good for soothing muscular aches and pains.
Blends well with: Benzoin, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, Tea Tree.
Allergens Listing: Limonene 3%, Linalool 0.4%