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Peppermint, Premium

Peppermint, Premium


Pure, Therapeutic Premium Peppermint essential oil

Botanical name  Mentha x piperita

Extraction method / Source  Steam distillation / partially dried leaves and stems

Aroma: Strong, fresh grassy, minty

Note classification:  Top, Middle     Odor  Intensity : 5

Key constituents:  Menthol, Menthone, Menthofurane, 1.8 Cineol (Eucalyptol), Pulegone, Menthyl Acetate      (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)

Plant description :  Botanical family :  Laminaceae or Labiatae         Peppermint is a cross between a number of wild mints and has been known since the 17th century.  It is a perennial plant with purple stems,  highly fragrant, dark green leaves and soft sprays of violet flowers.   True peppermint cannot reproduce, but propagates through its aggressive root system. The peppermint plant grows to a height of 1 - 3 feet, depending on the growing conditions.

Regions of Production :   India, USA

Growing Practices : Cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Shelf Life : 36 months or more if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.  All our essential oils are now packaged with the inert gases nitrogen and argon to prolong shelf life.

Therapeutic Properties :   Analgesic, anesthetic (local), antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, skin tonic, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge (Battaglia, 2003).     Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.

Benefits / Uses:  In an ointment or liniment, helps relieve muscle, nerve and joint pain, lumbago, contusions and bruises and insect bites. Useful in managing upset stomach or stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and flatulence. Stimulating to the spleen and circulatory and lymphatic systems. Beneficial for symptom management for colds and influenza, sinus congestion and inflammation. Relieves itching and skin irritation (use 1% or less dilution). (Battaglia, 2003).  Used in small amounts in natural perfume making.

Fragrant influences:   Purifying, cooling, refreshing, stimulates the mind, improves mental clarity and concentration, helps relieve fatigue and depression.  It can help revive a person from a fainting spell or shock and relieve some types of headaches. Helps overcome feelings of inferiority. Promotes inspiration and insight.

Safety  Avoid contact with the eyes, mucus membranes, sensitive skin, fresh wounds or burns.  Avoid using on the faces of infants or small children (Battaglia, 2003).  Choleretic, neurotoxicity, mucus membrane irritation (low risk).  Avoid if you have cardiac fibrillation or G6PD deficiency (Tisserand, 2014).

Blends well with Basil, Black Pepper, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Spearmint, Tea Tree

History / Fun Facts :   Peppermint oil has long been used as a digestive aid, especially for infants.  The French physician Jean Valnet, MD used peppermint oil to treat respiratory and liver ailments.   The legendary Thieves Oil or Thieves Vinegar is said to have contained peppermint oil, along with several other highly fragrant, antimicrobial oils.

References :

Althea Press, Essential Oils : Natural Remedies, 2015.  Althea Press, Berkeley, CA.

Battaglia, SalvatoreThe Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, 2003. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Brisbane, Australia

Cooksley, Valerie Gennari, Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal, 2002. Prentice Hall Press, New York, NY.

Cooksley, Valerie GennariAromatherapy : A Holistic Guide to Natural Healing with Essential Oils, 2015.  Floramed Publishing, The Woodlands, TX.

Falconi, DinaEarthly Bodies and Heavenly Hair : Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Every Body, 1998.  Ceres Press, Woodstock, NY.

Green, MindyNatural Perfumes, 1999. Interweave Press, Loveland, CO.

Hampton, AubreyNatural and Organic Hair and Skin Care, 1987. Organica Press, Tampa, FL.

International Fragrance Research Association, (January 5, 2016)

Schnaubelt, KurtAdvanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, (English translation)1998. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

Schnaubelt, KurtThe Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils : The Science of Aromatherapy2011. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

Tisserand, Robert and Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd edition, 2014. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, New York, NY

Tourles, Stephanie L., Hands On Healing Remedies, 2012. Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA.

United States Food and Drug Administration, HHS, 182.1  Substances That Are Generally Recognized as Safe, 182.20 Essential oils, Oleoresins (solvent-free), and natural extractives (including distillates), (January 28, 2016)

Worwood, Valerie AnnThe Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, 1991.  New World Library, Novato, California

Notice : This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease, and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.

Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets. 

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