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Peppermint
SCIENTIFIC NAME

Mentha x piperita

BIOTANICAL FAMILY

Lamiaceae

COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN

USA Australia, France, India

PLANT PART

Leaves

NOTE

Top-Middle

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam Distilled

AROMA

Refreshing aroma with a grassy, minty and balsamic undertone

GC/MS REPORT

Ketones and Monoterpenols: Menthone (14%); Menthol (39%)

NOTES ON CHEMICAL COMPONENTS

Menthol's known therapeutic properties include: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antioxidant, antibacterial, antitussive, cooling, antipruritic, CNS stimulant, and hypothensive. Menthone's known therapeutic properties include: antibacterial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticoagulant, and CNS stimulant.

THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS

Skin care - helps with relieving inflammation and itching associated with insect bites; cooling. Respiratory system - helps relieving chest, sinus, and throat infections, inflammation, colds Musculoskeletal system - helps relieve muscolar aches and pains, joint pains, migraines, and headaches. Digestive system - helps relieve nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, diarrhoea, and flatulance.

EMOTIONAL/ENERGETIC QUALITIES

Promotes motivation, self-confidence, and alertness; stimulates creativity, concentration, mental agility, focus, and balance.

ADMINISTRATION METHOD

Bath, topical application (diluted), and inhalation

ETNOBOTANY LORE AND ANCIENT PARTICLES

Peppermint is native to Southern Europe and was brought to the US in the nineteenth century. The name "peppermint" was given to the plant because it resembled spearmint but had a pepper-type taste. In Ancient Greek mythology, the god Pluto was said to favor a beautiful nymph named Minthe, but his jelous wife Persephone cast a spell on the nymph and transformed her into a plant. When Pluto could not break the spell, he gave her a sweet scent. Pliny - author, naturalist, philosopher, and military commander in Ancient Rome - reported Romans and Greeks used to crown themselves with peppermint at parties. In the Middle Ages, peppermint was used to help digestion. In folk medicine, peppermint leaves were used to treat bronchitis, fevers, hypertension, nausea,diarroesh, pain, and sleep disorders.

SAFETY

Non-toxic, non-irritant, but can be skin sensitizing if applied at dilution rates higher than 1-2%

DISCLAIMER: The information provided above is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please consult a licensed healthcare specialist for specific medical advice.

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