- INCI name
- MENTHA PIPERITA OIL
- Essential oil name
- Pepermint essential oil
- Part used
- Extraction method
- Steam distillation
- 2-6 ML of essential oil with 1 KG of fresh plant 10-30 ML of essential oil with 1 KG of dry leaves*
About the plant
- Common names
- Latin name
- Mentha ×piperita
- Botanical family
- Plant detail
- The plant is a shrub with a height of 80cm. There are secretary hairs of essential oil on the leaves.
- Native region
Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.
As a highly versatile element, Peppermint Essential Oil has been used historically in aromatherapy to address a multitude of health concerns. Not only a re-energising scent, Peppermint Oil can give your skin, body and mind a well-needed boost. Here’s how.
Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil
1. Reduce nausea
Research has shown that Peppermint Oil can suppress feelings of nausea. Along with Clove Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil is often used as a digestive thanks to its soothing effects on the stomach.
2. Relieve muscle and joint pain
As a source of Calcium Antagonists (an effective pain reliever), Peppermint Essential Oil works to naturally remove discomfort from affected areas, reduce inflammation and relax muscles.
3. Alleviate headaches
With its ability to improve circulation, soothe bodily functions and relax muscles, Peppermint Oil is a great natural remedy for headaches or migraines.
In fact, according to Dr Couic Marinier, “The European Commission has recognised Peppermint Essential Oil’s effectiveness in curing and soothing headaches”.
4. Combat stomach problems
With its carminative, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, Peppermint Oil works effectively to combat stomach concerns. It expels excess gas and relaxes stomach muscles to relieve discomfort.
Dr Couic Marinier explains that, “a study was carried out with a gastrointestinal resistant, and it was found that Peppermint Oil could resist stomach acidity”.
5. Respiratory problems
Peppermint Oil unclogs sinuses and offers relief from cold and flu symptoms. This powerful oil acts as an expectorant, aiding in opening airways, clearing mucus and reducing congestion.
What is Peppermint Essential Oil used for ?
Peppermint Oil has remarkable cellular stimulation properties. Used topically, Peppermint Essential Oil heals and strengthens the epidermis. With a new lease of life, Peppermint Oil transforms your skin to help it look younger, healthier and rejuvenated.
Peppermint Essential Oil contains menthol for an automatic soothing sensation, perfect to heal rosacea, oily skin, puffiness or irritation.
For skin that’s really acting up, look at other Essential Oils to soothe your complexion, such as Rose Oil and Lavender Oil.
Peppermint Oil has strong antimicrobial properties that act as an effective natural element to combat acne. Not only does it cleanse skin and unclog pores, it also provides the epidermis with the optimal environment in which to thrive.
For acne-prone skin, check out the healing benefits of Clary Sage Oil and Thyme Oil.
Where does Peppermint Essential Oil come from ?
Peppermint Oil is not only one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, but, according to Dr Couic Marinier, “it has also been well documented in ancient Japanese and Chinese culture”.
Native to the Mediterranean, the USA now produces 90% of Peppermint Essential Oil.
History of Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Oil is mentioned in Greek mythology, when the nymph, ‘Mentha’, was transformed into peppermint by Pluto. Having fallen in love, he wanted her to be remembered and appreciated for years to come.
Beyond the myth
Alexander the Great believed that Peppermint Essential Oil had stimulating properties, forbidding his soldiers to consume Peppermint for fear that it conjured erotic and distracting feelings.
Peppermint Oil has been documented back to 1000 BC, with remnants of Peppermint found in several Egyptian pyramids.
Facts about Peppermint Essential Oil
A specialised process
Peppermint Essential Oil comes from the specialised cells on the underside of the mint leaves. Peppermint Oil is best harvested on sunny days as flowering is just beginning, as this is when the menthol is at its peak.
An intriguing hybrid
Botanists explain that Peppermint is not truly a species of its own, but rather a hybrid of spearmint and watermint.
As an active ingredient in toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gum, Peppermint Oil has a multitude of benefits when it comes to dental and oral health.
In fact, in early medicine, it was said that chewing Peppermint could help to relieve toothache.
However you choose to use this wonder ingredient, Peppermint Essential Oil can help to rejuvenate your mind, health and skin, to leave you feeling re-energised and refreshed.