Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita) is one of the most common oils used in almost every culture of the world.
This essential oil comes from a natural sterile hybrid mint plant (spearmint Mentha spicata and water mint Mentha aquatica) that proliferated in the wild from inception. Ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek cultures used the peppermint in medicine and cooking. Peppermint oil has a long tradition of medicinal use, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as nine + thousand years ago making it one of the world’s earliest known medicinal herbs. Peppermint is one of the most beloved and useful essential oils. Peppermint oil is uplifting, refreshing, restoring and cooling.
Winter Tip: a few drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls scattered about prevents mice from moving in. Mice are allergic to peppermint oil and they move out!
Peppermint oil and herb leaves are used as flavoring agents, in cosmetics, pharmaceutical products and for folk medicine throughout the world. Peppermint oil is the most extensively used of all the essential oils (volatile).
Peppermint is applied externally as liniment or a rub, taken internally as a extract, tea, oil, tincture, shampoos, soaps or inhaled into the lungs by diffuser incorporating aromatherapy.
Medicinal Peppermint essential oil plants are very rich in a volatile oil, menthol, the main constituent of this plant. The menthol taste peppermint is very popular in tea, toothpastes chewing gums, chocolate, candies, ice cream, as well as in cooking recipes.
Peppermint tea has many therapeutic properties and values. This medicinal herb is a rich source of vitamins and essential nutrients including omega 3 fatty acids, folate, beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, copper, iron and even Vitamins C, B complex and A.
The actions of peppermint oil includes:
Anticarcinogenic, stimulant, decongestant, tonic, stimulates the gallbladder, vermifuge, anti-spasmodic, pain reliever, diaphoretic, expectorant, stomachic, anti-inflammatory for urinary and intestinal tract, supports sense of taste, antifungal, carminative, antiviral, choleretic and antibacterial.
Dr. Jean Valnet, Dr. Willam N. Dember and Dr. Alan Hirsch has studied the uses of peppermint to improve concentration and mental accuracy, digestion, impaired smell and taste, sensation of fullness after meals, effects on liver and respiratory systems, and killing tuberculosis bacillus.
Indications: anorexia, migraines, menstrual cramps, hot flashes, ulcerative colitis, common cold, flatulence, vomiting, candida, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, halitosis, indigestion, nausea, morning sickness , bronchitis, as a spasmolytic to reduce gas and cramping decrease digestive symptoms such as dyspepsia and nausea, decrease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, respiratory congestion, coughs, gallbladder and biliary tract disorders, bronchitis, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, liver complaints, neuralgia, chicken pox, fever, motion sickness, colic, shock, itchy skin, myalgia, insomnia, sore throats, toothache, rheumatism and headaches.
Peppermint Oil Constituents include: menthol, menthone, menthyl acetate, menthyl acetate, menthofuran, 1,8-cineol, pulegone, and many trace consituents including limonene, eucalyptol, and pinene. There are 113 additional minerals and chemicals that are comprised in this wonderful essential oil.
Peppermint essential oil grown in England is the most expensive oil. The United States grows over 50% of the total peppermint herb crop worldwide. Washington, Michigan, Indiana, Oregon, and California are the leading states that cultivates peppermint for the production of peppermint oil.
Mentha piperita has been commonly called: peppermint, curled mint, “heirba buena”, “good herb” lamb mint, mint, brandy mint, menta, balm mint, amenta, mentha montana,lammint hortela, menthe, and nane.
It takes 500 kilos of Peppermint stems and green leaves to yield 1 kilo of Peppermint essential oil in steam distallation.