The peppermint plant is a versatile perennial herb that has been cherished since ancient times. Its first recorded appearance dates back to 1000 BC when dried peppermint leaves were found entombed in ancient Egyptian pyramids. Throughout human history, this herb has been valued as a multi-purpose plant and an essential oil whose components are now used by cosmetic, culinary, and health industries around the world. When you used internally, Peppermint oil is also well known for its ability to help alleviate occasional upset stomach and promote healthy respiratory function. With so many uses, it is no surprise that Peppermint oil continues to be one of dōTERRA’s best-selling essential oils.
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Peppermint essential oil uses and benefits
Peppermint’s scientific name is Mentha piperita. In ancient Greek Mythology, Minthe (also known as Mentha), a nymph, was transformed by Queen Persephone into a sweet-smelling mint.
The peppermint plant is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint plants. This cooling and relaxing herb is characterized by its square stem, dark green leaves, and small bunches of light lavender flowers. The peppermint plant can grow to be approximately 18–36 inches tall and can be found in a variety of different areas. Peppermint is known to grow best by streams or in wet locations with a lot of rainfall. Due to its specific water needs, Peppermint is cultivated in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Method of extraction: steam distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant.
Where is dōTERRA Peppermint sourced?
dōTERRA Peppermint is sourced from the Pacific Northwest of the United States and other regions of the world. For more information on dōTERRA's Co-Impact model of sourcing, head over here: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/peppermint-oil
Chemistry of Peppermint essential oil
Main Chemical Components: Menthol, Menthone, 1,8-Cineole
The main chemical component in Peppermint oil is menthol. Menthol has a monoterpene backbone with an alcohol functional group. Menthol contains energizing properties that contribute to the overall energizing effect of Peppermint oil. Menthol is known to soothe the smooth muscle that lines the colon. This relaxant property occurs due to menthol’s ability to keep calcium channels working optimally. The relaxing of colon smooth muscle reduces the movement of bowels, which eases occasional bowel looseness. When Peppermint is ingested, typically it is followed by a cooling sensation. This response happens because menthol activates the TRPM8 receptor, an indicator of cold.
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Cautions: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Do not add to bath water.
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