Peppermint Hydrosol is aromatically delightful. It is much lighter in aroma than is the essential oil. Peppermint Hydrosol smells more like an infusion made from fresh peppermint leaves than it does Peppermint Essential Oil.
Up to 2 years if stored properly (refrigeration is recommended).
Reported Properties, Uses and Applications
Suzanne Catty reports that Peppermint Hydrosol is a stimulant, and I couldn't agree more. Peppermint Hydrosol can help stay alert and maintain focus. it is cooling and helpful in hot climates, after working out or when dealing with hot flashes. It is anti-inflammatory and can be helpful when used in hot or cold compresses. [Suzanne Catty, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2001), 112-113.]
Len and Shirley Price report that the Peppermint Hydrosol that they analyzed consists of 23-64% ketones and 31-48% alcohols (these ranges do not include the water present in the hydrosol) and possesses the following properties: "analgesic, anticoagulant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericidal, calming, cicatrizant, digestive, expectorant, lipolytic, mucolytic, sedative, stimulant." [Len Price and Shirley Price, Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals (London: Churchill Livingstone, 2004), 126.]
Jeanne Rose adds that Peppermint Hydrosol "relieves itching, redness, inflammation and acne" and that it's "cooling... uplifting, energizing" and helpful for hot flashes. [Jeanne Rose, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols (Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd, 1999), 174.]
Suzanne Catty advises against the use of Peppermint Hydrosol with children under age 3. Read AromaWeb's Hydrosol Safety Guidelines.