Description: Peppermint 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, but most prominently in Yakima, Washington, U.S.A.. In the fertile Yakima Valley, the city of Yakima is known for its’ wineries and apple orchards, of which supply hundreds of antique and premier apple varieties. Consequently, the peppermint cultivated there is of the highest grade and most sought after in the industry. 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.
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 Part: Leaves
Extraction: Steam distilled
Odor and Appearance: A clear, non-viscous liquid with a strong aroma that is very minty, sweet and fresh.
Country of Origin: USA
Mentha Furan: 5.08% by GC (subject to change when the batch changes)
Main Constituents: Peppermint essential oil is known for its complex chemical composition, which gives it its distinctive aroma and potential therapeutic properties. The main constituents of peppermint essential oil can vary based on factors such as the plant’s origin, growing conditions, and the distillation process. However, some of the major constituents typically found in peppermint essential oil include Menthol, Menthone, Menthyl acetate, 1,8-Cineole (Eucalyptol), Limonene, Terpinene, Beta-Pinene and Alpha-Pinene, Pulegone, Caryophyllene.
Common Uses: “Rectified” peppermint essential oil still isn’t a standard term, so I’ll provide you with common uses for peppermint essential oil in general. Peppermint essential oil is known for its invigorating and refreshing properties, and it has a wide range of potential uses:
Aromatherapy: Peppermint oil’s strong, minty aroma can help uplift the mood and provide a sense of alertness and energy.
Digestive Support: Inhaling peppermint oil or using it in massage blends might help alleviate symptoms of indigestion, bloating, and gas.
Headache Relief: Applying diluted peppermint oil to the temples or inhaling it may provide relief from headaches and migraines due to its cooling effect.
Respiratory Support: Inhaling peppermint oil vapor might help open up the airways and ease congestion. It’s often used in inhalations or steam treatments.
Muscle Relaxation: Peppermint oil, when diluted, can be massaged onto sore muscles to provide a cooling sensation and potential relief from muscle tension.
Focus and Concentration: The stimulating aroma of peppermint oil can enhance alertness and focus, making it useful for studying or working.
Natural Insect Repellent: Peppermint oil’s strong scent is known to repel insects. It can be diluted and applied to the skin or used in diffusers to deter insects.
Oral Care: Peppermint oil is a common ingredient in natural toothpaste and mouthwash due to its potential antibacterial properties and fresh flavor.
DIY Cleaners: The antimicrobial properties of peppermint oil make it a popular choice for homemade cleaning products.
Nausea Relief: Inhaling peppermint oil or using it in aromatherapy blends might help alleviate feelings of nausea or motion sickness.
Stress Relief: The soothing aroma of peppermint oil can help reduce stress and promote relaxation when used in aromatherapy.
Note: Peppermint essential oil is generally considered a top note.
Blend Well With: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Frankincense, Sweet Orange, Ginger, Clary Sage, Cypress.
Contraindications: Peppermint essential oil is considered safe to use. Just like many other essential oils, it is wise to use this oil after dilution with a carrier oil, as it can be sensitive and irritating to the skin. Before you use Peppermint essential oil on your skin, it is advisable that you conduct a patch test before making it a routine.
Do not use internally, unless directed by a physician. For pregnant women and nursing mothers, it is safe to consult first with your physician before using Peppermint essential oil. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*
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