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Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil Profile

The aroma of Peppermint Essential Oil is familiar and pleasant to most. Peppermint Oil is very intense and is far more concentrated than most other steam distilled essential oils. At low dilutions, it is fresh, minty and quite uplifting. Its a favorite around Christmas and the holidays, but is also popular year round.

Peppermint Essential Oil contains menthol. Menthol induces a cooling sensation, and use of Peppermint Oil (at low dilution) in a body mist or even in the diffuser can help to cool you down.

Menthol is also known to help ease tension headaches and muscular aches and pains.

If you find Peppermint Oil to be a bit too intense, you may enjoy working with Spearmint Oil. Often, I substitute Spearmint Essential Oil for some of the Peppermint Essential Oil in a blend.

Peppermint Peppermint Oil

Emotionally, Peppermint Oil is stimulating and is a good choice for inclusion in blends intended to help enhance alertness and stamina. It is considered an aphrodisiac. Peppermint should be avoided before bedtime.

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

Botanical Name

Mentha piperita

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Leaves and Flowers/Buds

Color

Clear with a Yellow Tinge

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Top

Strength of Initial Aroma

Strong

Aromatic Description

Minty, reminiscent of peppermint candies, but more concentrated. More fragrant than spearmint.

Peppermint Oil Uses

Asthma, colic, exhaustion, flu, flatulence, headache, nausea, scabies, sinusitis, vertigo. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 59-67.] May potentially deter rodents.

Major Constituents

Menthol
Menthone
Menthyl acetate
Neomenthol
1,8-Cineole
Menthofuran
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents and for constituent lists of ISO standardized oils.

[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1993), 31-35. B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 94-105. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 22 no. 2, 1997), 57-66. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 387.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young confirm that it is low risk as a mucous membrane irritant. Peppermint Oil is choleretic and can pose a risk of neurotoxicity. They recommend a maximum dermal use level of 5.4% and state that it should be avoided in instance of cardiac fibrillation and by those with a G6PD deficiency. Do not apply near the face of infants/children. Essential Oil Safety is recommended reading for more complete information. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 387.]

Shelf Life

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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. 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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