10ml Peppermint Oil

ESSENCE OF ARCADIA

10ml Peppermint Oil

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ESSENTIAL OIL PROFILE: PEPPERMINT

Peppermint essential oil is produced from the flowering herb of Mentha piperita, also known as M. balsamea Willd. Peppermint is a cultivated hybrid between spearmint, also known as Mentha spicata, and watermint, also known as Mentha aquatica. It is native to England and now cultivated worldwide. The essential oil is mainly produced in the USA, France, England, Russia, Bulgaria, China, Morocco, Italy and Hungary. Peppermint belongs to the Lamiaceae plant family, also known as Labiatae. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation.

Characteristics

Peppermint essential oil is a pale yellow or greenish liquid with a strong, grassy-minty, camphoraceous scent and a balsamic-sweet undertone. It has a top note and blends well with lavender, rosemary, marjoram, spearmint, eucalyptus, lemon, benzoin and lemongrass.

Chemical Constituents

The main chemical constituents found in peppermint essential oil are:

  • menthol – an alcohol that has analgesic, antispasmodic and expectorant properties

  • menthone – a ketone that has expectorant and antiviral properties, and gives peppermint its clean, minty aroma

  • menthyl acetate – an ester that has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic properties.

Safety Considerations

Peppermint essential oil is generally non-toxic and non-irritating, however its menthol content may cause sensitisation in some individuals. It should therefore be used in moderation only on the skin, and with caution in baths. Peppermint essential oil should be avoided during pregnancy, and it may interfere with the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies.

Historical and Traditional Uses

Peppermint has been used extensively in both Eastern and Western medicine for a range of health complaints including indigestion, nausea, diarrhoea, sore throat, headaches, toothache and cramp. It is widely used as an ingredient in pharmaceuticals, cough, cold and digestive remedies, and a flavouring agent in many foods and drinks, especially sweets and chewing gum. Peppermint is also used as a fragrance component in soaps, dental care products, detergents, perfumes and colognes.

Therapeutic Actions

The therapeutic properties of orange essential oil include:

  • analgesic

  • anti-inflammatory

  • antimicrobial

  • antiseptic

  • antispasmodic

  • antiviral

  • astringent

  • carminative

  • decongestant

  • emmenagogue

  • expectorant

  • stimulant

  • stomachic.

Aromatherapy Use

Circulation, Muscles and Joints:

  • muscle pain – massage, bath or compress

  • neuralgia – massage or bath

  • palpitations – massage.

Respiratory System:

  • asthma – massage, vaporisation or inhalation

  • bronchitis – massage, vaporisation or inhalation

  • coughs – massage, vaporisation or inhalation

  • hay fever - inhalation

  • sinusitis – inhalation.

Digestive System:

  • cramp – massage

  • diarrhoea - massage

  • indigestion – massage

  • flatulence – massage

  • nausea – massage or vaporisation.

Immune System:

  • colds and flu – massage, bath, vaporisation or inhalation

  • fever – compress or bath.

Nervous System:

  • headaches and migraines – massage, compress or vaporisation

  • neuralgia – massage or bath

  • mental fatigue – massage, bath or vaporisation

  • stress – massage, bath or vaporisation

  • vertigo – vaporisation or inhalation.

Emotional and Spiritual Connection

Peppermint is associated with the colour green and the heart chakra. It is a cooling oil that acts on the ego, dispelling pride. It is recommended to help overcome feelings of inferiority. Peppermint is said to be associated with cleanliness and can assist people who wish to live an ethical life. It can help to enhance concentration and is beneficial for those in need of inspiration and insight.