Peppermint has been used since the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans for its detoxifying effects.
Effect on mind: Aids concentration and memory. Stimulates the brain to think clearly, encouraging a fresh and bright feeling. Excellent for mental fatigue and depression. Good treatment for shock.
Effect on body: Excellent for all digestive disorders, including colic, heartburn, flatulence, diarrhoea, bloating, nausea and vommiting. Cooling when hot, yet warming when cold. Idea for colds/flu, especially sinus congestion, dry cough and sore throat. Stimulating for dizziness and fainting. Eases headaches, migraines and toothache. Helps aching feet and muscular mains. Discourages insects and vermin.
Effect on skin: Removes toxic congestion so could help in dermatitis, ringworm, scabies and pruitus. Has a cooling effect through constriction of capillaries. Relieves itching, inflammation and sunburn. Softens skin, removes blackheads and helps with oily skin and hair.
Blends well with: Benzoin, cypress, lavender, marjoram, rosemary.
|Common name||Peppermint Oil BP|
|Botanical name||Mentha piperita|
|Appearance||Colourless to pale yellow liquid|
|Odour||Characteristic cool and sweet minty odour|
|Plant parts used||Leaves|
|Extraction method||Steam distillation|
|Region of origin||China|
|MSDS||Peppermint Oil BP – Specification Sheet|