A clear to pale yellow oil obtained from steam distillation of the flowering herb.
Mentha piperita Leaf Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Peppermint Essential Oil are:
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It can make a very soothing and cooling leg lotion as it is a refrigerant.
For the same reason, it makes a very cooling after sun gel or lotion.
It helps to keep the lips flexible in lip balms as well as being very refreshing.
It is antifungal so is a good choice in foot creams and nail oils.
Used at less than 1%, it is very soothing in a shampoo for an itchy scalp.
Used at up to 1%, it can be very stimulating to the scalp which can help the hair follicles to function better as well as reduce dandruff.
A good choice in a massage lotion or oil blend for sore muscles and aching joints as it is also an analgesic.
Helps with the breathing so it can be included in products designed for use after high impact sports.
With St. John’s Wort infused oil, Roman Chamomile and Lavender as a soothing gel or lotion for sunburn.
Mixed with Myrrh in a nail oil.
Combined with Fragonia in an anti fungal foot cream.
Use with caution in pregnancy as it can be a dermal irritant if used in excess as well as decrease breast milk production.
Can antidote homoeopathic remedies
May irritate mucous membranes.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists for any issues to do with the digestion and the lungs.
It can relieve some migraines, especially those stemming from digestive disorders. Used for all sorts of indigestion, cramps and painful periods, IBS spasms, colic, flatulence and nausea – even nausea from chemotherapy treatments.
According to Greek Mythology, Mentha was a nymph who was being stalked by the god Pluto. Pluto’s wife got jealous of this scenario and trod Mentha into the ground. The distraught Pluto turned the crushed nymph into an herb so that her essence would live on for everyone to enjoy.
Peppermint was being used by the Ancient Egyptians 1,000 BC.
During the Middle Ages, cheese makers found that peppermint would keep rats away from the cheeses in storage.
By 18th Century, it was listed in the London Pharmacopoeia for many medical uses.