Peppermint

Mentha piperita
Botanical name: 
Mentha piperita

Cooling and settling

Please note: The information below is meant to give a brief outline of how an oil can be applied by a trained aromatherapist.
Please do not use this information as a guide for how to use essential oils at home.

Properties and applications: 
Topical Circulatory System - muscular aches and pains, stiff muscles, poor circulation
Analgesic - local pain relief
Expectorant - mucous coughs, bronchitis, catarrh
Immune Stimulant - colds, coughs, influenza
Anti Spasmodic - cramps, colic, nausea, nervous diarrhoea, asthma
Stimulant, Emotional Tonic - frustration, tiredness, debility, chronic stress-related conditions
Respiratory Tonic - coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, asthma, panic attachs
Mental Stimulant - tiredness, lethargy, poor concentration, poor memory
Family: 
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of origin: 
USA, across Europe, Brazil.
Part of plant used: 
Leaves
Method of extraction: 
Steam distillation
Blends with: 
Valerian, German Chamomile and all citrus oils, spics and florals.
Chemical character: 
Alcohol type
Safety information: 
Can be irritating to the mucous membrane - maximum 3% in 30ml.
Odour profile: 
Green, minty, clean and sweet.
Plant description: 
Bushy green herb with white and purple flowers.
Historical use: 
Long used in herbal medicine for soothing digestive complaints.

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