Peppermint Chinese Essential Oil

Mentha Arvensis China

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Peppermint essential oil has a cooling, pungent menthol aroma with a clean sweet top note, much like after dinner mints. It is one of the most beneficial essential oils for the digestive system and abdominal pain . It is also known to improve concentration and ease fatigue and nausea.

Latin Name
Mentha Arvensis
Family
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Note
Middle to Top
Extraction
Essential oil by steam distillation from the fresh or partly dried plant.
Constituents
Menthol, menthone, cineole, methyl acetate, methofuran, isomenthone, limonene, b-pinene, a-pinene, germacrene-d, trans-sabinene hydrate and pulegone.
Origin
China

This perennial herb can grow up to 1 meter in height and has slightly hairy serrated leaves with pinkish/mauve flowers arranged in a long conical shape.

History

Sometimes regarded as ‘the world’s oldest medicine’ It is used therapeutically in many ways, bruised leaves were applied to the forehead to relieve nervous headaches. In the East it is used to treat rheumatic pain, neuralgia, toothache, laryngitis, indigestion, colds and bronchitis. In Chinese medicine, it is also employed for relieving earache, treating tumors and some skin conditions.