Mentha Arvensis , from which Peppermint Essential Oil is distilled, is known for it high content of menthol, so high in fact, that menthol crystals form on the surface of the leaves. There are several species of this perennial herb that can grow to 1 metre in height, spreading due to their underground runners. Peppermint has hairy leaves with serrated edges and purple spiked flowers. The peppermint plant also produces Piperita Mentha oil. It is a hybrid between Water Mint and Spearmint.
It is a native of Europe and The Middle East but is now naturalised virtually everywhere.
Reported Attributes of Peppermint Essential Oil:-
Massage, baths, inhalation, compress. A few drops on a tissue can, clear your head, whether you’re suffering from a cold or mental fatigue, and relieve headaches or any nausea, from travel to morning sickness. Four drops in a basin will refresh tired feet. Use sparingly for massage or in the bath.
Mint was prized in Japan and China for centuries and has been found in Egyptian tombs dating back to 1000 BC. Traditionally, people drank it as a tea or chewed the leaves to cure complaints of the stomach or nerves.
CAUTIONS: Mint essential oil is very potent, so never apply undiluted to skin, or just before going to sleep. Always use in moderation.