Peppermint Essential Oil
Species: Mentha piperita
Part Used: Leaves
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Peppermint is our second most popular essential oil, and for good reason. – It is the real deal!
Most products sold as “peppermint essential oil” contain little or no peppermint. How can that be? True peppermint essential oil will contain about 45% menthol, depending on the growing methods, climate, and distillation processes. However, almost all products claiming to be peppermint will have menthol content far out of spectrum. We have seen saturations as low as 15%, and as high as 70%, clearly revealing it’s true source (most likely a chemical manufacture in China).
Menthol is actually a crystal that can be inexpensively extracted from many sources, such as cornmint or camphor. It can also be produced synthetically. These crystals can then be dissolved in alcohols, cheap plant oils, synthetic fragrances, and the like. The result is a very convincing, but FAKE peppermint oil.
In China, 1oz of menthol crystals can be purchased for less than 10 cents, and be used to create 4 fl oz of convincing “peppermint essential oil” that is then resold in US markets.
Don’t be fooled by the cheap alternatives!
Our Peppermint is grown, harvested, and distilled in the USA.
Aroma: Mint, Herby, Fresh, Clean, Intense
Antimicrobial, Antiviral, Fungicidal, Stimulating, Refreshing, Uplifting
Fatigue, Stress, Headaches, Respiratory Ailments, Digestive Disorders, Sore Throat, Nausea, Hair Care, Skin Treatment, Muscle Aches, Food Flavoring, Rodent Repellent
Commonly Blended With: Peppermint is suitable to be blended with nearly any other oil. Our favorite oil to blend peppermint with, is Cinnamon. This creates a curious delight we call Cinnamint!
Peppermint oil has also been shown to be a safe and effective short-term treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.
According to the German Commission E monographs, peppermint oil (as well as peppermint leaf) has been used internally as an antispasmodic (upper gastrointestinal tract and bile ducts) and to treat irritable bowel syndrome, catarrh of the respiratory tract, and inflammation of the oral mucosa. Peppermint oil may also act as a carminative, cholagogue, antibacterial, and secretolytic, and it has a cooling action. Externally, peppermint oil has been used for muscle pain and nerve pain.
Enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules (Colpermin) have been used as an orally administered antispasmodic premedication in colonoscopy. The capsules were found beneficial in reducing total procedure time, reducing colonic spasm, increasing endoscopist satisfaction and decreasing pain in patients during colonoscopy.
Peppermint has a long tradition of use in folk medicine and aromatherapy. Peppermint is commonly thought to soothe or treat symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, indigestion, irritable bowel, and bloating, although most of these effects have not been adequately demonstrated in human research.
The aroma of peppermint has been studied for its possible memory and alertness enhancing properties, although other research contests this. –Wikipedia
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