Essential Oil Name: Japanese Peppermint
Botanical Name: Mentha Arvensis
Plant Part: Leaf
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: There are several species of the peppermint plant, many of which can grow to 3 feet in height, spreading due to their underground 'runners.' The mentha arvensis peppermint has hairy leaves with serrated edges, and purple spiked flowers. This Japanese Peppermint is known for its high menthol content, so high, in fact, that menthol crystals sometimes form right on the leaves.
Common Uses: The familiar aroma of peppermint is known for both its warming and cooling properties. Friendly to the sinuses, peppermint is also useful to the muscular system, especially for women during monthly cycles or menopause. Peppermint is commonly used in tea, chewing gum, and candy, but the Essential Oil that we sell is much, much stronger and more concentrated, and should therefore be used in moderation. Peppermint is widely credited as being a digestive aid. The leaves contain menthol, which is a proven aid to digestion. A very fresh and clean smelling herb, it is a refreshing and energizing mental stimulant, can be used to enhance the well-being of digestive and respiratory system, and works as a good nerve tonic that helps with mental fatigue and nervous stress. And of course, it also helps relieve bad breath. Additionally, peppermint can be used as a detterent against unwanted rodents and insects.