Peppermint – Mentha piperita – India
Family: Labiatae (mint family)
Country of Origin: India
Extraction: Distilled from leaves and flowers
Volatility: Top / Middle note
Colour: Colourless to pale yellow
Aroma: Light, sharp and refreshing like menthol with a hint of sweet
Noted Chemical Constituents
Alcohols –menthol (20-40%),
Ketones – menthone (15-21%)
Sesquiterpenes (5-10%) – germacene (2-5%)
Monoterpenes (6-15%)– b pinene (1-4%), limonene (2-6%), ocimene (1-2%)
Esters (5-8%) – methyl acetate
Contraindications, Safety Data
Use in low concentrations as it may cause skin irritation. Do not use in conjunction with homeopathic remedies or store in the same general area as it may antidote remedies. Do not use in the evening or over long periods of time as it may interrupt sleep patterns and trigger insomnia. Do not use while breast feeding.
Peppermint is universally known for it’s effect on the digestive system as well as it’s fortifying action in stomach, intestinal and liver disorders. It’s calming effect on the smooth muscles aids in stomach pain, indigestion and to reduce nausea and vomiting. The menthol from peppermint is used by many pharmaceutical and OTC companies for topical products which have a deep cooling and analgesic effect for pain and swelling
With regards to flu and fever, peppermint has an internal cooling effect. By inducing sweating, fever may also be relieved as well as headaches and migraines.
The nausea associated with sudden shock could be dispelled with a few drops on a tissue.
**The flow of breast milk may also be discouraged.
Since ants, cockroaches, mice, rats and other pests strongly dislike the odour, it may be an effective alternative to conventional poisons.
**One of the few oils where redistillation is useful. Original distiillation produces far too much menthol (sometimes up to 80%). This makes the oil quite hazardous as it is unsafe to apply to the skin even diluted Redistilllation brings it down to about 40% which is tolerable and therapeutic.