Peppermint Essential Oil, Oregon

Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
Origin: USA
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Our Oregon peppermint essential oil is steam distilled from the aerial portions of Mentha piperita. This fresh and invigorating oil is grown in Oregon in the fertile Willamette Valley. This peppermint oil offers exhilarating and uplifting notes that can be used in a wide variety of aromatherapeutic and body care recipes from soaps, body butters, perfumes, massage oils, and in the diffuser.

Peppermint oil has many similar qualities to spearmint; however, spearmint is typically softer and sweeter. The aroma can also vary depending on the region where it is grown. Mint plants are voracious growers and can be found all over the world as they can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. Peppermint is thought to be a natural hybrid of water mint (Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (Mentha spicata).

Softly sweet and minty with a refreshing, green aroma. It becomes warmer with more pungent herbaceous notes in the dry down.

This oil contains menthol, menthone, and 1,8-cineole. Menthol is also found in cornmint essential oil. And menthone can be found in cornmint, pennyroyal, and sometimes geranium oils. Eucalyptus, sage, Spanish marjoram, and myrtle are also known for their 1,8-cineole content giving them similar uses as peppermint if you prefer an oil with less menthol.

Blending and Uses
This oil is cooling on the skin and invigorating for the senses. Add Oregon peppermint to massage oils with helichrysum, marjoram, and rosemary for occasional overexerted muscles from hiking, gardening or other strenuous activities.

Combine with cypress, sandalwood or clary sage in your diffuser for a calming and emotionally soothing atmosphere. For good study time blends use with ginger, black pepper, and orange to support focus and energy. These blends are also useful for personal aromatherapy pens or perfume oils.

Peppermint is immensely popular in body care recipes for chest rubs, soaps, deodorants, and even added to shampoo or conditioner for a fresh and invigorating experience. Add to refreshing body or room sprays as a single aroma or blend with lemon, spearmint, or tangerine. These same blends are great for DIY cleaning formulations around the home.

1/2 oz., 1 oz., and 2 oz. essential oils are packaged in amber glass bottles with drop reducers for easy application. Larger sizes are packaged in amber screw cap bottles and do not come with reducers or droppers.

This oil is potentially choleretic, neurotoxic, and can irritate mucous membranes. Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified healthcare practitioner. Keep away from children and pets.

Before using perform a small patch test on your inner forearm or back. Apply a small quantity of diluted essential oil and cover with a bandage. If you experience any irritation use carrier oil or cream to further dilute the essential oil, and then wash with soap and water. If no irritation occurs after 48 hours it is safe to use on your skin. Learn more about using essential oils here.

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.