(Mentha x piperita)
Characteristics of peppermint essential oil
Fragrance profile: Menthol oil smells like the rest of the plant, very strongly and distinctively.
Colorless when just removed, it becomes greenish or reddish or light yellow.
Composition: Peppermint essential oil is rich in menthol, cineole, menthone, menthyl acetate and pulegone
Properties of peppermint essential oil
It possess antiseptic, antipruritic, astringent and healing properties. All them, make it well suited for the treatment of skin abnormalities.
It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, very suitable for muscle and joint problems.
Being expectorant, antispasmodic and antiseptic, can be used for respiratory problems, being one of the main oils for inhalation.
Its immunostimulant properties make it suitable to increase defenses against microorganisms.
It is carminative, stomachic, cholagogue, vermifuge, so it can be used to treat digestive diseases.
Being stimulating and refreshing, it is excellent to clear your head, wake you up and relieve your traveler syndrome
It is a good nerve tonic
Drawing of the plant
– Industrial uses: It is used in perfumery and in the manufacture of cosmetics or soaps, also to flavor drinks, gum and food. In pharmacy, it is widely used for making respiratory or digestive medications, and to flavor toothpaste.
Toxicity of peppermint essential oil
– For external use, when diluted and used in moderation, it is not toxic. though, because it contains menthol, it can cause allergic reactions and has some contraindications (See toxicity properties of menthol and peppermint)
– It may be irritating to the skin
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