Peppermint Essential Oil


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Botanical Family: Mentha piperita

Extraction Method/Origin: Steam distilled from leaves, stems, flower buds—North America

Chemical Constituents: Phenolic Alcohols (up to 55%): menthol (<52%), piperitols; Ketones (<25%): menthone (17–32% and up to 65% if distilled in September when flowering), pulegone (<5%), piperitone (<2%), carvone, jasmone; Monoterpenes (<15%): α and β-pinenes (<6%), l-limonene (<6%), ocimene, myrcene, p-cymene, β-phellandrene, sabinene, α-terpinene, terpinolene, camphene; Sesquiterpenes (<10%): germacrene-D (<5%), β-bourbonene, ζ-bulgarene, γ-cadinene, β-caryophyllene, β-elemene, β-farnesene, muurolene; Esters (<9%): menthyl acetate (<9%), also menthyl butyrate & isovalerate; Oxides (<9%): 1,8 cineol (<5%), piperitone oxide, caryophyllene oxide; Furanoids: menthofuran (<8%); Phenols: terpinen-4-ol (<3%); Alcohols (<3%): α-terpineol, linalol; Sesquiterpene Alcohols: viridiflorol; Furanocoumarins: aesculetine; Sulphides: mint sulfide, di-menthyl sulfide.

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory (prostate and nerves), antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, and invigorating.

Common Primary Uses: Alertness, allergies (airborne), allergies (skin), antibacterial, antioxidant, asthma, autism, bad breath (halitosis), brain injury, candida, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, cold sores, concentration (poor), constipation, cooling, cramps (abdominal), Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, energizing, fainting, fever, flu (influenza), gas/flatulence, gastritis, headache, heartburn, heatstroke, hemorrhoids, herpes simplex, hot flashes, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), itching, jet lag, memory, migraine, morning sickness, motion sickness, multiple sclerosis, muscle fatigue, nausea, paralysis, polyps (colon), radiation (gamma), ringworm, scabies, sciatica, shock, stimulating, tennis elbow, varicose veins, vomiting.

Folklore: According to Roberta Wilson, “In Roman mythology, when Pluto professed his love for the nymph Mentha, his wife Persephone, afire with jealousy, crushed Mentha into dust on the ground. Pluto, unable to change her back, transformed her into a peppermint plant and gave her a fresh fragrance so she would smell sweet whenever stepped upon.”

Historical Uses: For centuries, peppermint has been used to soothe digestive difficulties, freshen breath, and relieve colic, gas, headaches, heartburn, and indigestion.

French Medicinal Uses: Asthma, bronchitis, candida, diarrhea, digestive aid, fever (reduces), flu, halitosis, heartburn, hemorrhoids, hot flashes, indigestion, menstrual irregularity, migraine headache, motion sickness, nausea, respiratory function (aids), shock, skin (itchy), throat infection, varicose veins, vomiting.

Other Possible Uses: This oil may help anger, arthritis, colic, depression, fatigue, food poisoning, headaches, hives, hysteria, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), liver problems, memory, morning sickness, nerves (regenerate and support), radiation exposure, rheumatism, elevate and open sensory system, soothe and cool skin (may help keep body cooler on hot days), toothaches, tuberculosis, and add flavor to water.

Body System(s) Affected: Digestive, Nervous, and Respiratory Systems, Muscles and Bones, Skin.

Aromatic Influence: It is purifying and stimulating to the conscious mind. Reduces fevers. Dr. Dembar of the University of Cincinnati discovered in a research study that inhaling peppermint oil increased the mental accuracy of the students by up to 28%.

Usage Instructions
Application: Apply to Vita Flex Points and/or directly on area of concern.

Safety Data: Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization. Use with caution if dealing with high blood pressure. Use with caution during pregnancy.

Blend Classification: Personifier.

Odor: Type: Middle Note (50–80% of the blend); Scent: Minty, sharp, intense; Intensity: 5.

Frequency: Physical; approximately 78.