Peppermint Essential Oil

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Peppermint Essential Oil 100% PureBotanical Name: Mentha piperita
Plant Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of Origin: India
Plant Part: Leaves
Growth Method: Organic, Unsprayed
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Color: Clear
Consistency: Thin
Strength of Aroma: Strong

Peppermint is an aromatic herbaceous plant that belongs to the mint family. It is a sterile triple hybrid between Mentha aquatica and Mentha spicata, and is now mainly cultivated in the USA. Peppermint has reddish, smooth stems (up to 1 m), and narrow, sharply toothed leaves dotted with minute oil glands. The purplish, and occasionally white, flowers grow in dense clusters. Peppermint has a long history of use, and it is still extensively cultivated. The plant is harvested when in bloom and dried, and the oil is removed by steam distillation. Peppermint essential oil is a valuable oil commonly used in cooking, medicine and cosmetics. Menthol, an important commercial product found in cough drops and lotions, is made from processed Peppermint oil.

Peppermint is best known as a remedy for digestive upsets and has a beneficial action on the stomach, liver and intestines. It is valuable in colic, diarrhea, indigestion, vomiting and stomach pain because of its antispasmodic action which will relieve the smooth muscles of the stomach and gut.

Peppermint essential oil also helps cold and flu, particularly used in conjunction with Lavender and Marjoram. Its warming and stimulating properties are particularly valuable at the onset of a cold, to combat the chilly and depressed feelings that often precede the sneezing, runny nose and feverishness.

Other therapeutic actions include: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, diuretic, emmenagogic, expectorant, febrifugal, hepatic, nervine, parasiticidal, sudorific and vermifugal.

Peppermint essential oil has fresh, bright, penetrating, minty top notes and sharp, grassy, camphoraceous undertones.

The fragrance is refreshing, stimulating and restorative. It counters insomnia, shock, mental fogginess and lack of focus. It also unblocks "stuck" emotions.

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Use in the lowest concentrations as it may irritate sensitive skin. Since Peppermint essential oil promotes menstruation, avoid during pregnancy.

Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment. Avoid during pregnancy.

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