Peppermint, Premium Organic
Premium Organic Peppermint essential oil
Mentha x piperita
Extraction method / Source
Steam distillation / partially dried leaves and stems
Strong, fresh grassy, minty
Menthol, Menthone, Menthofurane, 1.8 Cineol (Eucalyptol), Pulegone, Menthyl Acetate
Botanical family: Laminaceae or Labiatae
Peppermint is a hybrid perennial plant, which is a cross between a number of wild mints. It has 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
Organically cultivated. Plants are tested after harvest for purity.
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.
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.
Uses / Benefits
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.
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.
Modes of Administration
Topical: massage, compress, bath, skin care
Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer.
Peppermint essential oil may begin to crystalize at lower temperatures. If this occurs, place bottle in a warm water bath with lid slightly open just until crystals liquify.
Blends well with
Basil, Black Pepper, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Spearmint, Tea Tree
Avoid contact with the eyes, 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).
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. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.
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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TIMELESS Essential Oils guarantees the purity and quality of all our therapeutic oils. The current Certificate of Analysis is available upon request. All essential oils are best stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.