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Mint Essential Oil

Mint Essential Oil

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Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) is a hybrid species of mint, a cross between peppermint and spearmint. Native to Europe and the Middle East, the plant is now widespread and cultivated in many areas of the world. It is occasionally found in the wild with its parent species.

Although the genus Mentha includes more than 25 species, the most commonly used is peppermint. While western mint comes from Mentha × piperita, Chinese mint, or bohe, comes from the fresh leaves of M. haplocalyx. Mentha × piperita and Mentha haplocalyx are both recognized as plant sources of menthol and menthone and are among the oldest herbs used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.

Mint was first described in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus from specimens collected in England. It is a herbaceous, rhizomatous, perennial plant with smooth shoots and a square cross-section. The rhizomes are widely spreading and fleshy and have fibrous roots. The flowering period lasts from mid to late summer. Mint is a fast growing plant, once it sprouts it spreads very quickly.

Peppermint usually occurs in wet habitats, including stream sides and drainage ditches. Being a hybrid, it is usually sterile, does not produce seeds and reproduces only vegetatively, spreading by its runners.


Mint generally grows best in moist, shady locations and spreads by underground rhizomes. Young shoots are taken from old stocks and sunk into the ground. They grow quickly and cover the ground with runners if it is permanently wet. For the home gardener, it is best grown in containers to limit rapid spread. Grows best with a good water supply, not waterlogged and planted in areas with partial sun to shade.

The leaves and flowering tops of mint are harvested as soon as the flowers begin to open and can be dried. The wild form of the plant is less suitable for this purpose, with cultivated plants having been selected for more and better oil content. They may be allowed to lie and wither a little before distillation, or they may be taken directly to the still.


In the United States, Oregon and Washington produce most of the country's peppermint, the leaves of which are processed for essential oil to make fragrances, mainly for chewing gum and toothpaste.

Chemical components
Peppermint is high in menthol. The essential oil also contains menthone and carboxyl esters, especially menthyl acetate. Peppermint oil also contains small amounts of several additional compounds, including limonene, pulegone, caryophyllene, and pinene.

Peppermint oil has a high concentration of natural pesticides, mainly pulegone notho and menthone. It is known to repel certain insect pests, including mosquitoes, and has uses in organic gardening. It is also widely used to repel rodents.

Research and health implications
Peppermint oil is under preliminary research for its potential as a short-term treatment for irritable bowel syndrome and has purported uses in traditional medicine for minor ailments. Peppermint oil and leaves have a cooling effect when used topically for muscle pain, nerve pain, itching relief or as an aroma. High oral doses of peppermint oil (500 mg) may cause mucosal irritation and mimic heartburn.
Mint roots bioaccumulate radium, so the plant may be effective for phytoremediation of radioactively contaminated soil.

Cooking and other uses
Fresh or dried mint leaves are often used alone in mint tea or with other herbs in herbal teas. Peppermint is used to flavor ice cream, candy, fruit preserves, alcoholic beverages, chewing gum, toothpaste, and some shampoos, soaps, and skin care products.

Menthol activates cold-sensitive TRPM8 receptors in the skin and mucous tissues and is the main source of the cooling sensation that follows topical application of peppermint oil.

-Peppermint oil is also used in construction and plumbing to check the tightness of pipes and reveal leaks by its smell.

With the caveat that the concentration of the pulegone component of peppermint should not exceed 1% (140 mg), peppermint preparations are considered safe by the European Medicines Agency when used in topical preparations for adults. Diluted peppermint essential oil is safe to take by mouth when only a few drops are used.

Although peppermint is commonly available as an herbal supplement, there are no established, consistent preparation standards for it. Skin rashes, irritation, or allergic reactions may result from applying peppermint oil to the skin, and using it on the face or chest of young children may cause side effects if the menthol oil is inhaled. A common side effect of taking peppermint oil or capsules by mouth is heartburn.

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