Botanical Name: Mentha Piperita
Plant Part: Herb
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Description: A thin, colorless to pale yellow liquid.
Aromatic Summary: A top note with a strong aroma, Peppermint has a sharp, penetrating scent due to its high menthol content. The minty sweetness of the vapor makes it a favorite Essential Oil.
Blends with: Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lime,
Mandarin, Marjoram, Pine, Rosemary, Spearmint and Thyme.
Mentha piperita, also known as 'candy mint' is a perennial hybrid that proliferates by spreading its rhizomes underground. A very hearty fast-growing herb, it can grow almost anywhere. It has reddish veins and lightly fuzzy leaves.
Peppermint's name has its roots in Greek mythology. Hades, god of the dead, pursued the beautiful nymph, Minthe. Hades' wife, Persephone, became jealous and turned Minthe into a small and insignificant plant on which to be trampled. Pluto could not undo the transformation, but ensured that Minthe would always be loved for her fragrant aroma.
Peppermint is used as a flavouring agent in the food industry, and in soaps, candles and toiletries.
Note: Because of the very high menthol content of this oil, it may crystalize. If this occurs, place the bottle in a hot water bath (changing the water frequently until it returns to its liquid state) then gently agitate before use.
Cautions: Dilute very well before use. For external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.