Peppermint India (Mentha piprita)
Peppermint essential oil-
Latin name: Mentha piprita
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Parts used: Leaves and flowers
Countries of Origin: USA, India,
Color: Clear to pale yellow. Also can be pale green in color.
Aroma: Pungent, strong, fresh, grassy, menthol, balsamic, sweet.
Point of interest: Ancients used peppermint in wine. The Hebrews used peppermint as a perfume rumored to have aphrodisiac properties.
Properties: Contact an aromatherapist.
Energetics: Chakras-all. TCM-Activates Qi and strengthens the Shen. (Holmes) Mojay states that peppermint is cooling and drying. Elements-Wood and Earth.
Blends well with: Woods-cedarwood, sandalwood, cypress, pine. Florals-Lavender. Citrus-Lemon, orange, petitgrain. Herbals-Marjoram, rosemary.
Modes of application: Bath (diluted), topical (diluted) massage (diluted) inhalation, diffusion.
Safety information: Contraindicated with atrial fibrillation and any one who has a deficiency with the G6PD enzyme. Use with caution with GERD (Internal usage). Do not apply near the nose and mouth of infants and small children. Max dermal usage is 5.4%. (Tisserand & Young)
Disclaimer: This information is intended for education purposes only and not evaluated by the FDA. This information may not be complete or fully accurate. This information is not intended to cure, diagnose, prevent or treat disease. As with all essential oils, always dilute prior to using topically and please perform a skin patch test prior to using. Essential oils, if used internally, should be under a qualified practitioner in Aromatic Medicine. Always seek the advise of a qualified, trained aromatherapist. Don't ever hesitate to ask about the education of the Aromatherapist. Keep out of the reach of children.