Properties of peppermint essential oil

Benefits of Mentha x piperita essential oil

Mentha X piperita

Characteristics of peppermint  essential oil

Peppermint essential  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 of peppermint essential oil

Peppermint essential oil is rich in:

  • Menthol
  • Cineole
  • Menthone,
  • Menthyl acetate
  • 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

Medicinal properties of mint essential oil

Industrial uses of mint essential oil

  • It is used in perfumery and in the manufacture of cosmetics or soaps
  • 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

In 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

punto rojo More information on other essential oil and peppermint

Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

20 November, 2019

Other interesting articles

This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.
"Botanical" is not responsible for damages caused by self-medication.

Botanical-online is an informative page that describes, among other topics, the traditional uses of plants from a therapeutic point of view. Their descriptions do not replace professional advice. Botanical-online is not responsible for self-medication and recommends consulting with the physician.