Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is a perennial plant that is a hybrid of Spearmint and a water mint and comes from France, England, and the United States.
- Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: Peppermint is a hybrid of Spearmint and Water Mint.
- Chemistry: Peppermint is comprised of monoterpene alcohols (menthol), ketones (menthone), esters (menthyl acetate), and oxides/ethers (1,8-cineole).
- Circulatory: supports healthy circulation
- Digestive: relief from nausea, gastrointestinal discomfort, and other digestive ailments
- Musculoskeletal: soothes aches, pains, stiffness, cramps, and inflammation
- Nervous System: soothes headaches and migraines, aids in focus and concentration, is stimulating, refreshing, and uplifting and can help with nervousness and depression
- Reproductive: supports PMS symptom relief especially for cramps
- Pregnancy: Helps with nausea, digestive relief, heartburn, hemorrhoids, energy boosts, respiratory support, and improves focus, helps with general discomfort, backaches, cramps, and breast/chest tenderness. In labor & delivery, it helps to turn the baby into delivery position. It can be used after birth to decrease milk supply.
- Respiratory: support for coughs, head colds, common colds, and the flu
- Spiritual: Supports the Throat Chakra associated with expression and communication
- Scent Profile: Top to mid note that has a potent fresh menthol scent
- Longevity: The aroma of Peppermint can last up to 16 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Mint
- Blends well with: Cacao, Chocolate, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Fennel, Green Tea, hyssop ct 1,8 cineole, Juniper Berry, Laurel, Lavender, Leather, Lemon, May Chang, Musk, Niaouli, Ravintsara, Rosemary ct cineole, Spearmint, Thyme ct gerianol, Thyme ct linalool, Thyme ct thymol, Vanilla, White Tea, Wintergreen
- Peppermint oil should not be applied to the facial region or near the nose of infant or small children due to risk of spasm and respiratory arrest.
- Avoid undiluted application to open wounds and sensitive skin. Peppermint is a potent essential oil and reactions range from mildly heating or cooling to burning.
- Caution when using internally for individuals who have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
- It is safe to use during pregnancy, but it can decrease milk supply if you are lactating and should not be used on or near the face of babies and young children.
- Contraindications via all methods of application: cardiac fibrillation and G6PD deficiency.
Products Using Peppermint Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Book Publishing Company, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.