Properties of Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperata)

04 Apr 2016

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Properties of Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperata)

Peppermint has been widely use as a medicinal herb for thousands of years and is believed to have been used by the Romans and Ancient Egyptians. English plants are said to produce the best quality oil because of our moderate climate.

Peppermint essential oil has a high menthol content and contains small amounts of other important compounds such as limonene, menthene and phellandrene. Although menthol is extensively used in pharmaceutical products, it is more effective when used in its ‘whole’ state, i.e. as an integral part of an essential oil.

Peppermint is well-known for its digestive properties – as well as benefiting the digestive organs, it
has a soothing, antispasmodic effect. In addition, Peppermint is one of the oils described as ‘cephalic’ (along with basil and rosemary) that stimulate and aid clear thinking. They help to clear the head, leaving you feeling fresh and bright, and ready for mental tasks. For this reason, Peppermint can cause wakefulness and may disturb sleep patterns if used in the evening. All essential oils should be used sparingly and with care – they are very powerful!

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