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Peppermint (India) Essential Oil – Organic

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  • Distillation Method: Steam
  • Country of Origin: India
  • Plant Part: Whole Herb
  • Latin Name: Mentha piperita
  • Cultivation: Certified Organic

About the Oil: With its wonderful effects on the digestive system, respiratory system, and nervous system as well as its distinctive aroma, Organic Peppermint oil is considered an indispensable part of the aromatherapist’s toolkit.

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Drops per ml
Blending Tips 55
Chemical Families
Monoterpenols 48.50%
Ketones 26.89%
Esters 7.95%
Primary Constituents
menthanol 41.65%
menthone 22.48%
menthyl acetate 7.17%
eucalyptol 5.47%
p-menthone 5.47%

Properties

Product Description

About The Plant

A member of the diverse mint family, this relatively tall (11 to 39 inch) perennial plant has sharply-toothed leaves and produces small white or purple flowers. Native to the Mediterranean and eastern Asian regions, it is now cultivated in more temperate climes the world over and was first brought to the USA in the
early 19th century. The United States is now the major producer of peppermint.

About The Oil

These Pure Peppermint essential oils are steam distilled from the partially dried tops of organic Mentha piperita plants from India and Bulgaria. Growers will harvest just before the herb goes to flower to bring out the best of the oil's aroma. When allowed to mature further, the quality of the resulting oil may suffer, with a sharper, less-sweet, and complex aroma.

Pure Peppermint essential oil is considered by aromatherapists as one of the more indispensable essential oils. The oil should be a part of every traveler's first aid kit–it can work wonders for motion sickness and general nausea for some people. It is often taken internally for this; whereas ginger oil can be diluted and rubbed into the abdomen.

The main constituent of peppermint is menthol, a potent compound which unto itself causes a quick physical response when inhaled or applied the the skin. It produces a sensation of coolness which the body counteracts by increasing blood flow to the area of application, producing a warming effect. Menthol is often found in sports creams, chest rubs, and cough drops for this reason.

Of Interest

The mints have been used for their medicinal properties for thousands of years, but the essential oil may not have been used as a medicine much before the 16th century, when distillation reached England.

Mentha piperita is a hybrid of water mint (M. aquatica) and spearmint (M. spicata). The genus name Mentha comes from Greek Mythology's "Menthe", the charming nymph who was adored by Pluto and was subsequently trampled to the ground by his jealous wife,
Persephone, thus resulting in today's aromatic mint herb. Ancient Greeks also believed in aphrodisiacal qualities of mint, advising against the use of it among soldiers for fear that increased love making would diminish their strength in battle. Pliny, the Roman naturalist, advised scholars to wear a crown of mint to aid concentration but warned lovers that it was "contrary to procreation". Similarly, Nicholas Culpeper wrote that the herb "stirs up venery, or bodily lust".

Therapeutic Properties

SKIN CARE

Eases discomfort
Decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
Firms and contracts exposed tissue
Reduces moisture loss
Tones and restores venous circulation
Promotes the healing of tissues
Reduces redness
Diminishes swelling
Neutralizes microbes
Neutralizes fungi
Quells irritation
Relieves the sensation of itching
Cleanses and decongests
Constricts capillaries

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Neutralizes microbes
Reduces body temperature
Encourages sweating
Assists the body's natural eliminatory response
Relieves muscular tension and aching joints
Lessens headaches due to congestion

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

Aids in the expulsion of mucous
Stimulates the bronchi

MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM

Eases discomfort
Decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
Relaxes cramping
Soothes sore muscles, tendons and joints
Diminishes swelling

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Stimulates the digestive system
Reduces the incidence and severity of vomiting and nausea
Settles digestion
Increases absorption in the intestines
Promotes normal peristalsis
Assists the body's natural eliminatory response
Helps maintain healthy function of the gall bladder
Helps maintain healthy function of the liver
Relaxes cramping

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM

Stimulates circulation
Improves blood flow

LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

Assists in the tissue cleaning action of the lymphatic system
Assists the body's natural eliminatory response

REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM

Promotes and regulates menstrual flow

NERVOUS SYSTEM

Uplifts
Improves mood
Improves focus
Clears the head
Relieves intellectual fatigue
Strengthens and clarifies the mind
Strengthens the nervous system
Helps alleviate stress and nervous tension

ENERGETICS

Organic Peppermint oil seems to have contradicting cooling and warming effects.

SUBTLE AROMATHERAPY

Peppermint acts on the ego, dispelling pride. It is recommended to help overcome feelings of inferiority. While peppermint enhances concentration, it works on another level to facilitate the digestion of new ideas. It enhances our receptive capacities on mental and spiritual levels and would be beneficial for those in need of inspiration and insight.

Application

INHALATION

Direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, steam inhalation
The aroma of Organic Peppermint oil is strengthening, soothing and stimulating (it is noted that use during the day is better than just before bedtime). It has been repeatedly studied for its effectiveness arousing concentration, focus and mental sharpness. Peppermint may also help relieve congestion when inhaled.

TOPICAL

Massage, compress, bath, foot bath, ointment, skincare
Refreshing for overworked body and feet.
Relieves the itching and discomfort of bug bites.
Great in a cool compress for nausea, headaches and travel sickness.
Dilute in a carrier oil and massage into the abdomen (essential oils are absorbed though the skin, and can help t targeted digestive organs in this manner).
May help relieve congestion and headaches (including migraines) by placing a drop on each temple. The skin is rather sensitive there, and the eyes are close by, therefore a 10% dilution of essential oil is safe and effective balance to use.

INGESTION
For use at home, one can ingest 1 to 3 drops of Pure Peppermint essential oil in a warm cup of water, or dilute in a carrier oil.

Aromatherapy Details

Ananda Apothecary’s Indian Peppermint essential oil has a bright, green floral top note followed by a zesty, citrus middle note, and undertones of sweet balsamic and a touch of menthol.

The Bulgarian Peppermint oil is slightly more floral than the Indian.

Peppermint essential oil blends well with: Rosemary, Benzoin, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, and Eucalyptus.

Safety

Non-toxic, non-irritant but occasionally sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Never apply undiluted to the skin. Direct and indirect contact with the eyes will cause irritation.

If pregnant consult with a physician prior to use.

Peppermint oil should not be used with children under two years of age; instead use Spearmint oil, peppermint's milder, sweeter cousin.

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