Oil Summary: Peppermint is one of the oldest known and the most versatile essential oils in the world. It has found extensive medicinal use in treating nearly every ailment, ranging from skin conditions to organ and system dysfunction. Peppermint is particularly famous for its effects on the digestive system, where it alleviates nausea and soothes the stomach. Outside therapeutic practices, peppermint essential oil is commonly used as a flavoring for food and drinks. It’s also a regular ingredient in soaps and cosmetics. People suffering from digestion problems can dilute a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink it after a meal. The oil relaxes the muscles along the gut, stopping uneven stomach turns and spasms. Peppermint’s carminative properties also help to remove excess gas and prevent bloating. Recent research has supported the oil’s strengths in alleviating nausea and heartburn. Peppermint has been used as a painkiller for centuries. The herb’s essential oil is even more effective, and when applied on a problematic area, it provides relief in seconds. It is effective as a muscle relaxant and is especially helpful in soothing an aching back and sore muscles. When massaged directly onto the forehead, its cooling nature quickly lowers the pain of a headache and reduces fever. Besides, it is a natural remedy when it comes to relieving the pain associated with teething in infants. Simply mix it with a suitable carrier oil such as coconut oil at a 1:1 ratio and rub it on the infant’s gum area. Peppermint is also used to treat injuries by alleviating pain and minimizing inflammation.
One important factor important to consider in Peppermint and primarily one of the driver of price is Menthofuran, low price peppermint oil is preferable in using non-aromatherapy based application and they tend to be cheaper due to lower percentage of Menthofuran presence. It’s recommended to use higher percentage of Menthofuran for aromatherapy application.
Botanical Name: Mentha Piperita
Plant Origin: India
Processing Method: Steam distillation
Plant Part: Leaves
Odor and Color: Freshly extracted oil is thin and clear, with a tinge of yellow. Its aroma is hot, rich, perfumery, herbaceous, and very minty.
Mentha Furan: 2.1% by GC (subject to change when the batch changes)
Contraindication: Peppermint oil can irritate the eyes, nose, and skin. Always dilute sufficiently with a favorable base oil, such as coconut or olive, before using it topically. When used internally, the oil might affect how your body assimilates other oils, supplements, and drugs. If you have an ongoing prescription for other medicines, reach out to your doctor for advice. Compared to rectified peppermint, regular peppermint is more volatile and, therefore, exhibits a more severe sensitivity to light and heat damage. It should only be stored in tightly sealed bottles, in a cool, dark place.