Peppermint oil is colourless to pale yellow and has a piercing grassy-menthol refreshing odour with a deep balsamic undertone. Peppermint, which has several different species, is the most common of the mints as it is highly valued for its therapeutic properties.
Country of Origin: India
Part of plant used in production: Leaves and flowering tops
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Properties: Analgesic, anaesthetic, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, hepatic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge.
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. The oil is proven to benefit those with digestive disorders such as indigestion, stomach pains, flatulence and diarrhea. 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.
Blends well with: Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon, Clary Sage, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Nutmeg, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud.
Safety: Dilute at 1-8%. Non-toxic, non-irritant, may be sensitizing due to menthol. Dilute before use. Topical uses only. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. Avoid during pregnancy.