Peppermint (Bulgaria) Essential Oil

Distillation Method:
Steam
Country of Origin:
Bulgaria
Plant Part:
Plant Tops
Latin Name:
Mentha piperita
Cultivation:
Certified Organic

About the Oil: With its wonderful effects on the digestive system, respiratory system, and nervous system as well as its distinctive aroma, Peppermint oil is considered an indispensable part of the aromatherapist's toolkit.

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Drops per ml

Blending Tips

53

Chemical Families

Monoterpenols
56.58%
Oxides
35.09%
Esters
6.97%

Primary Constituents

menthanol
53.67%
menthone
21.93%
isomenthone
7.79%
menthol acetate
6.97%
eucalyptol
5.37%
Description

ABOUT THE PLANT

A member of the diverse mint family, this relatively tall (11 to 39 inch) perennial plant has sharply-toothed leaves and produces small white or purple flowers. Native to the Mediterranean and eastern Asian regions, it is now cultivated in more temperate climes the world over and was first brought to the USA in the early 19th century. The United States is now the major producer of peppermint.

ABOUT THE OIL

These Peppermint oils are steam distilled from the partially dried tops of organic Mentha piperita plants from India and Bulgaria. Growers will harvest just before the herb goes to flower to bring out the best of the oil's aroma. When allowed to mature further, the quality of the resulting oil may suffer, with a sharper, less-sweet and complex aroma.

Peppermint essential oil is considered by aromatherapists as one of the more indispensable essential oils. The oil should be a part of every traveler's first aid kit–it can work wonders for motion sickness and general nausea for some people. It is often taken internally for this; whereas ginger oil can be diluted and rubbed into the abdomen.

The main constituent of peppermint is menthol, a potent compound which unto itself causes a quick physical response when inhaled or applied the the skin. It produces a sensation of coolness which the body counteracts by increasing blood flow to the area of application, producing a warming effect. Menthol is often found in sports creams, chest rubs, and cough drops for this reason.

OF INTEREST

The mints have been used for their medicinal properties for thousands of years, but the essential oil may not have been used as a medicine much before the 16th century, when distillation reached England.

Mentha piperita is a hybrid of water mint (M. aquatica) and spearmint (M. spicata). The genus name Mentha comes from Greek Mythology's "Menthe", the charming nymph who was adored by Pluto and was subsequently trampled to the ground by his jealous wife, Persephone, thus resulting in today's aromatic mint herb. Ancient Greeks also believed in aphrodisiacal qualities of mint, advising against the use of it among soldiers for fear that increased love making would diminish their strength in battle. Pliny, the Roman naturalist, advised scholars to wear a crown of mint to aid concentration but warned lovers that it was "contrary to procreation". Similarly, Nicholas Culpeper wrote that the herb "stirs up venery, or bodily lust".

Mentha piperita has been found in Egyptian tombs dating back to 1000 BC, and there is evidence that peppermint has a long history in Europe, China, and Japan. Brought to Britain in Roman Times, mints are mentioned in early medieval plants lists.

Suggested Use

SKIN CARE

  • eases discomfort
  • decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
  • firms and contracts exposed tissue
  • prevents moisture loss
  • tones and restores venous circulation
  • promotes the healing of tissues
  • reduces redness
  • diminishes swelling
  • neutralizes microbes
  • neutralizes fungi
  • quells irritation
  • relieves the sensation of itching
  • cleanses and decongests
  • constricts capillaries

IMMUNE SYSTEM

  • neutralizes microbes
  • reduces body temperature
  • encourages sweating
  • assists the body's natural eliminatory response
  • relieves muscular tension and aching joints
  • lessens headaches due to congestion

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

  • aids in the expulsion of mucous
  • stimulates the bronchi

MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM

  • eases discomfort
  • decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
  • relaxes cramping
  • soothes sore muscles, tendons and joints
  • diminishes swelling

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

  • stimulates the digestive system
  • reduces the incidence and severity of vomiting and nausea
  • settles digestion
  • increases absorption in the intestines
  • promotes normal peristalsis
  • assists the body's natural eliminatory response
  • helps maintain healthy function of the gall bladder
  • helps maintain healthy function of the liver
  • relaxes cramping

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM

  • stimulates circulation
  • improves blood flow

LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

  • assists in the tissue cleaning action of the lymphatic system
  • assists the body's natural eliminatory response

REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM

  • promotes and regulates menstrual flow

NERVOUS SYSTEM

  • uplifts
  • improves mood
  • improves focus
  • clears the head
  • relieves intellectual fatigue
  • strengthens and clarifies the mind
  • strengthens the nervous system
  • helps alleviate stress and nervous tension

ENERGETICS

  • Peppermint oil seems to have contradicting cooling and warming effects.

SUBTLE AROMATHERAPY

  • Peppermint acts on the ego, dispelling pride. It is recommended to help overcome feelings of inferiority. While peppermint enhances concentration, it works on another level to facilitate the digestion of new ideas. It enhances our receptive capacities on mental and spiritual levels and would be beneficial for those in need of inspiration and insight.
Application

INHALATION

  • direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, steam inhalation
  • The aroma of Peppermint essential oil is strengthening, soothing and stimulating (it is noted that use during the day is better than just before bedtime). It has been repeatedly studied for its effectiveness arousing concentration, focus and mental sharpness. Peppermint may also help relieve congestion when inhaled.

TOPICAL

  • massage, compress, bath, foot bath, ointment, skincare
  • Refreshing for overworked body and feet.
    Relieves the itching and discomfort of bug bites.
    Great in a cool compress for nausea, headaches and travel sickness.
  • Dilute in a carrier oil and massage into the abdomen (essential oils are absorbed though the skin, and can help t targeted digestive organs in this manner).
  • May help relieve congestion and headaches (including migraines) by placing a drop on each temple. The skin is rather sensitive there, and the eyes are close by, therefore a 10% dilution of essential oil is safe and effective balance to use.

INGESTION

  • For use at home, one can ingest 1 to 3 drops in a warm cup of water, or dilute in a carrier oil.
  • Place a couple drops on the tongue to improve alertness.

Aromatherapy Details

Our Indian Peppermint essential oil has a bright, green floral top note followed by a zesty, citrus middle note and undertones of sweet balsamic and a touch of menthol.

The Bulgarian Peppermint oil is slightly more floral than the Indian.

Peppermint essential oil blends well with: Rosemary, Benzoin, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram and Eucalyptus.

Safety

Non-toxic, non-irritant but occasionally sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Never apply undiluted to the skin. Direct and indirect contact with the eyes will cause irritation.

If pregnant consult with a physician prior to use.

Peppermint oil should not be used with children under two years of age; instead use Spearmint oil, peppermint's milder, sweeter cousin.