Peppermint Arvensis Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Mentha arvensis
Plant Part: Flowering Herb
Extraction Method: Steam
Description: There are several species of the Mentha arvensis perennial herb that can grow to 1 meter in height, spreading due to their underground runners. Peppermint has hairy leaves with serrated edges and purple spiked flowers. Peppermint is known for it’s high menthol content. It is so high in fact, that menthol crystals sometimes form right on the leaves.
Colour: Pale off white to light yellow
Common Uses: Peppermint essential oil has long been credited as being useful in combating stomach ailments. It is also viewed as an antispasmodic and antimicrobic agent. Of course, most people will associate it with being a flavoring or scenting agent in foods, beverages, skin and hair care products (where it has a cooling effect by constricting capillaries and helping with bruises and sore joints), as well as soaps and candles. This is largely due to it’s menthol content – typically 85%.
Strength of Aroma: Medium to Strong
Blends Well With: Peppermint blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Pine, Rosemary, Spearmint and Thyme.
Aromatic Scent: Peppermint has a sharp, penetrating mint scent based on its high menthol content. The sweetness of the vapour makes it easy to see why it is such a common flavoring and scenting agent.
History: Peppermint and it’s name has it’s roots in Greek mythology. Pluto – god of the dead – fell in love with Minthe, herself a beautiful nymph. Pluto’s goddess wife Persephone became jealous and turned Minthe into a plant, but out of respect for her beauty, she ensured that she would have a wonderful and fragrant aroma.
Cautions: Peppermint can be sensitizing due to the menthol content.