Mentha Piperita Oil
Botanical Name : Mentha piperita
Origin : India
Mode of Extraction : Steam distilled
Main Constituents : Monoterpenes, Alphapinenes,
Limonene, Menthone, Menthol, Menthyl Acetate and Sesqterpenes
Description : Clear Transparent Liquid
Appearence : Colorless to pale yellow liquid
Organoleptic properties : Fresh minty taste and cooling
Refractive index at 20 °C : 1.460-1.471
Specific Gravity at 20 °C : 0.899-0.910
Solubility : Very slightly soluble in water; soluble in
4 volumes 90% alcohol
Use : Pharmaceutics aid (flavor), in flavoring liqueurs,
toothpaste, mouthwash and different cosmetic products
Storage : Well closed in air tight containers away from
sunlight and heat preferably in amber color glass containers.
It is extracted by the process of Fractional Distillation.
Menthol (50 to 55%), menthyl acetate, menthone.
Mentha Piperita Oil is extracted from the Indian Piperita Oil
through the method of fractional distillation. It is also known as
brandy mint and balm mint. Peppermint oil is extracted from the
whole plant above ground just before flowering. The oil is extracted
by steam distillation from the fresh or partly dried plant and the
yield is 0.1 - 1.0 %.
The oil has fresh, sharp, menthol smell, and is clear to pale
yellow in color and watery in viscosity.
Peppermint oil is used to relieve skin irritation and itchiness and
also helps to reduce skin redness, where inflammation is present. It
is used for dermatitis, acne, ringworm, scabies and also relieves
itching, sunburn and inflammation of the skin, while at the same
time having a cooling action. This oil is excellent for mental
fatigue and depression, refreshing the spirit and stimulating mental
agility and improving concentration. It helps for apathy, shock,
headache, migraine, nervous stress, vertigo and faintness and in
general respiratory disorders, as well as dry coughs, sinus
congestion, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis and cholera.
This oil is effective for a range of ailments, as it stimulates the
gall bladder and the secretion of bile.
Analgesic, anesthetic, antiseptic, antigalactagogue,
antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic,
cholagogue, cordial, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant,
febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific,
vasoconstrictor and vermifuge.
Blends well with
Benzoin, eucalyptus, lavender, marjoram, lemon and rosemary.
Peppermint oil is very effective in nervous disorders and also in
stimulating the mind and focusing concentration, for treating the
respiratory tract, muscular aches and pains and for some skin
Can cause irritation to the skin and mucus membranes and should be
kept well away from the eyes. It should be avoided during pregnancy
and should not be used on children under seven.
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