Essential Oils - Peppermint
Various Mint species have been grown since ancient times in China and Japan. Evidence of a type of peppermint has been found in Egyptian tombs dating from 1000 BC.
From East to West peppermint has been used to treat:
- muscular pain
- sore throat
The British Herbal Pharmacopeia lists peppermint as being useful for:
- intestinal colic
- common cold
- vomiting during pregnancy
The oil is extracted by steam distillation from the flowering herb. Currently, most exposure to peppermint comes in the form of chewing gum or a breath mint.
SAFETY DATA – Non-toxic, non-irritant when diluted; possible sensitization due to menthol; use in moderation.
Sourced from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils : The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism