Return to the Essential Oil Index

BOTANICAL NAME Mentha piperita
Peppermint is a hybrid species of spearmint and water mint (Mentha aquatica).

PARTS USED
Leaves

EXTRACTION METHOD
Steam distilled

NOTE CLASSIFICATION
Top

AROMA & COLOR
Slightly yellow with cool fresh mint aroma

fresh-mintHISTORY
According to Greek mythology, a furious Persephone turned the nymph Mentha into mint. Although myth claims it was born out of anger, peppermint actually has calming effects. In Ancient times, peppermint was used to calm and soothe dyspepsia, which eventually led to the traditional after dinner mint.

Common Uses

  • Natural Energizer– Use in diffuser to improve focus, energy and concentration.
  • Pain Relief – Peppermint essential oil is a natural painkiller and muscle relaxant and is especially helpful in soothing an aching back, sore muscles, and easing a tension headache. Dilute a drop or two in a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage gently.
  • Joint Therapy– One of the best features of peppermint oil is its’ anti-inflammatory properties. This, when coupled with its natural pain relieving properties, make it perfect for the topical treatment of painful inflammation. Combine with a carrier oil before rubbing on your joints to relieve pain.
  • Sinus Care–Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can help unclog your sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and can provide relief for colds, cough, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis.
  • Reduce Nausea – Sometimes just a whiff will do the trick, add a couple drops to a tissue or cotton ball and inhale as needed. Alternatively rub 1-2 drops behind your ears, or diffuse to help dispel symptoms.
  • Hair Care-Used in many high quality hair care products because it can naturally thicken and nourish damaged hair, peppermint essential oil is also good for soothing dry, itchy and flaky scalps affected by dandruff. Simply add 5-6 drops of peppermint oil to every 4 oz. of your current shampoo.
  • Anti-Itch–Allays itching temporarily. Rub a drop of diluted peppermint oil onto insect bites, eczema, and other itching lesions, including the rash of poison ivy.

PRECAUTIONS Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before using. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test before using.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.