Family : Liabatae or Lamiaceae
Habitat : Peppermint is also cultivated in Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, Morocco, Bulgaria, Holland, Spain, Germany. England, India and Australia.
Odour : Fresh, Spicy and minty.
Part of plant use : Flowering Herb
Method of Extraction : Steam Distilled from the partially dried herb of M.piperita.
Indications : Skin Care: Peppermint can be used to relieve any kind of skin irritation or itching, but it should be used in a dilution of1% or less or the irritation may be made worse. Davis recommends a steam treatment with peppermint to cleanse and decongest the skin.It cools by constricting the capillaries and is a very refreshing skin tonic.
Respiratory System: Peppermint oil is beneficial for colds and influenza associated with fever and headaches. it is recommended at the onset of a cold to alleviate the symptoms of cold. It is beneficial for sinus congestion, infection or inflammation.
Nervous System: Peppermint oil helps people become clear-headed and may be beneficial for people who are unable to concentrate or who have mental fatigue. Peppermint oil prevents congestion of blood supply to the brain , helps to clear up any circulatory congestion that exists, stimulates circulation thus strengthening and calming the nerves. Cold compresses of peppermint oil may be applied to the forehead and temple to relieve headaches and migraines.
Safety Data : Peppermint oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and may occasionally be sensiting.