Peppermint is a hybrid mint in the Lamiceae family indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, although it is now cultivated in many regions around the world due to it’s popularity. A cross between spearmint and water mint, Peppermint is easily one of the most popular essential oils due to it’s usability and safety. Peppermint has uses in both herbal medicine and aromatherapy, and has been used globally for thousands of years.
Botanical Name: Mentha x piperita
Common Names: Peppermint, peppermint oil
Odor Description: Fresh, clean, menthol. It is Top to Mid Note.
ORAC Value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)- 37,300
GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe)
Key Chemical Constituents: Monoterpene Alcohols (+-35%), Ketones (34%), Esters (<5%), Monoterpenes (<8%), Oxides (<8%)
Medical Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic (worms), antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, carminative, digestive stimulant, analgesic, anti-emetic, antispasmodic, cephalic, cholagogue, choleretic, decongestant, insecticidal, vasoconstrictive
Body Systems Affected: Can affect all body systems, but primarily Digestive, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory
Potential Medical Uses: Rheumatism/Arthritis, Respiratory infections (pneumonia, tb, etc.), obesity, viral infections (herpes simplex, herpes zoster, cold sores, hpv, etc.), fungal infections/candida, digestive problems, headaches, nausea, skin conditions (itchy skin, varicose veins, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc.), back problems
Usage: Aromatically, Topically, Ingestion