Oil Summary: Peppermint Rectified Essential Oil is extracted by steam distillation of the mint, Mentha piperita. A naturally occurring hybrid mint (watermint x spearmint), it is now cultivated worldwide. Peppermint essential oil provides a cooling sensation when applied topically, due to its? menthol content. As such, it can be used in blends for muscle aches and pains, as well as to help ease headaches. Known to be an aphrodisiac, one should avoid use before going to sleep. It is also known to aid in digestive issues. When an essential oil is rectified, it means that the initial batch of essential oil that was extracted is put through an additional, fractional distillation process. This allows for certain unwanted constituents to be separated and pulled from the essential oil, purifying it even more. Rectified peppermint essential oil is commonly used in food flavorings, because the process of rectification removes the unwanted sulfur constituents, which impart a bad taste.
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: A clear, non-viscous liquid with a strong aroma that is very minty, sweet and fresh.
Mentha Furan: 2.15% 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.