Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of Origin: USA, Tasmania
Plant Part: Leaves and flowers
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Characteristics: fresh, crisp, sweet, menthol
Analgesic, anaesthetic, antigalactagogue, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge
menthol, menthone, 1,8-cineol, methyl acetate, methofuran, isomenthone, limonene, α-pinene, β-pinene, germacrene-d, trans-sabinene hydrate, pulegone
Mind & Spirit:
- Clears the mind
- Assists concentration
- Relieves mental fatigue
- Excellent for headaches, muscular pain, nausea, stomach cramps, indigestion, colic flatulence and diarrhoea.
- Relieves motion sickness, sunburn and insect bites
- Effective for sinus congestion, bruising and muscle pain
- Has a cooling effect and is useful as an insect repellent
Contraindications: Nil. Use in moderation, could irritate sensitive skins.
Odour Intensity: 7
Blends well with:
Basil, bergamot, cajeput, cedarwood, cypress, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, lime, mandarin, marjoram, pine, rosemary, thyme
Mint was prized in Japan and China for centuries and has been found in Egyptian tombs dating back to 1000BC. Traditionally people drank it as a tea or chewed the leaves to cure ‘complaints of the stomach or nerves’. The Romans crowned themselves with peppermint at their feasts and used it as an ingredient in wine. The Hebrews used it as a perfume component due to its aphrodisiac properties.