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Cornmint Essential Oil


Steam Distilled Cornmint Essential Oil can contain up to 80% menthol. However, most Cornmint Oil has been fractionated (dementholized) to remove a large percentage of the menthol. The resulting dementholized oil, therefore, is not commonly used within holistic aromatherapy. Peppermint Oil is preferred for aromatherapy applications.

Within fragrancing and soapmaking applications, however, Cornmint can be a practical substitute for Peppermint Oil due to its lower cost.

Cornmint Oil is sometimes passed off as Peppermint Oil, so it is important to be careful of where you procure your oil.

Cornmint Oil
Cornmint Oil

Botanical Name:
Mentha arvensis

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Leaves

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Top

Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong

Aromatic Description: Highly concentrated menthol/mint aroma. Depending on the source and level of dementholization, it can have a much more potent aroma than Peppermint Oil.

Cornmint Oil Uses: It's potential applications are similar to those of Peppermint Oil. However, Peppermint Oil is generally preferred for holistic aromatherapy applications.

Major Constituents:
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[K.H. Kubeczka, Essential Oils Analysis by Capillary Gas Chromatography and Carbon-13 NMR Spectoroscopy, Second Edition. (Chichester: Wiley, 2002). Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 261.]

Safety Information: Tisserand and Young indicate that it is contraindicated in instances of cardiact fibrillation and G6PD deficiency. They precaution against using it topically near the face of children and infants. Cornmint Oil may act as a choloretic. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 261.]

Shelf Life: Click here for shelf life details.


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Important Notes: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.


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