Peppermint (Bulgarian) Essential Oil

Botanical Name:
Mentha piperita
Country of Origin:
Bulgaria
Plant Part:
Plant Tops
Distillation Method:
Steam
Cultivation:
Certified Organic
Overall Profile
Monoterpenols
56.58%
Oxides
35.09%
Esters
6.97%
Primary Constituents
menthanol
53.67%
menthone
21.93%
isomenthone
7.79%
menthol acetate
6.97%
eucalyptol
5.37%
  • 8oz -
    $128.89
  • 16oz -
    $242.68
  • 1Kg -
    $441.91
  • Sample -
    $0.99
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Wholesale Certified Organic Peppermint Essential Oil

From Wholesale Essential Oils, pure Peppermint oil, steam distilled from Peppermint Certified Organically grown in Bulgaria. Our Bulgarian variety is grown in cooler temperatures and has a slight floral aroma. This is a fine peppermint essential oil and excellent for all peppermint applications including aromatically in a diffuser. This Peppermint Oil is available from sample size up to 1 kg or more.

ABOUT THE OIL

Peppermint oil is steam distilled from the partially dried tops of the plants Certified Organically grown in Bulgaria. Growers will harvest just before the herb goes to flower to bring out the best of the oil's aroma. When allowed to mature further, the quality of the resulting oil may suffer, with a sharper, less sweet and less complex aroma. The main constituent of peppermint is menthol, a potent chemical unto itself which causes a quick physical response when inhaled or applied the the skin. Menthol produces a sensation of coolness which the body reacts to by producing its own warming effect, causing blood flow to the area of application. This physical sensation is responsible for peppermint's long history of use as medicine. Today menthol is often found in sports creams and chest rubs, and cough drops - the oil is excellent for opening the sinus passages, though should be used with caution in this respect. Even a small amount of the oil coming into direct contact with the delicate membranes inside the nasal passages can result in a temporary burning sensation.

Aromatherapy Notes

This peppermint oil has a fresh, minty-grassy aroma with sweet-balsamic undertones and a sweet, clean, dry finish. The aroma of Peppermint essential oil is strengthening, soothing and stimulating (it is noted that use during the day is better than just before bedtime).

Traditional Uses

Peppermint has a rich history in ancient Greek and Roman culture. It was used as a decoration at feasts and worn as crowns. They also used peppermint as a flavoring for sauces and wine. Peppermint has often been cited as a remedy for digestive issues and to ease muscle pain. Charlemagne wrote in his Capitularies that mint was to be widely cultivated for its therapeutic properties. Peppermint became very popular in Britain in the 17th century and remains popular around the world today as a flavoring in candies, desserts, toothpaste, mouthwash, medicines, fragrances, and herbal teas.1

Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature

From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:

  • Analgesic, Anesthetic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Carminative, Cordial, Decongestant, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Hepatic, Nervine, Stimulant, Stomachic
  • Beneficial for clearing the mind and combating mental fatigue
  • Strong antibacterial and antifungal activity
  • Beneficial for clearing nasal congestion and to alleviate cold symptoms

 From Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice2:

  • Peppermint can act to block the signaling of pain receptors
  • Beneficial to the respiratory system – expectorant and antispasmodic
  • Effective therapy for irritable bowel syndrome

Peppermint in Research

The biological effects of peppermint have been a topic in research for decades and many research findings support the use of peppermint for a broad range of therapeutic purposes. Studies have found that peppermint can temporarily heighten cognitive function and alertness3, relieve headache4, relieve gastrointestinal problems5, potentially protect against damage from radiation6 and against liver toxicity7, and has antiviral8, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties9.

  • Consumption of peppermint tea was found to significantly improve long-term memory and memory speed and increase self-reported alertness immediately afterwards. 3
  • A double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed that rubbing peppermint oil on the forehead and temples had a relieving effect on tension headaches comparable to that of acetaminophen.4
  • Numerous double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies find that controlled-release peppermint oil has significant benefits for treating the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome by reducing pain, frequency of bowel movements, and flatulence. A recent review reports that peppermint is a "safe and well-tolerated treatment for symptomatic improvement in IBS... through its ability to act as a spasmolytic agent".5
  • Pretreatment of mice with oral doses of peppermint extract protected against chromosomal damage of the bone marrow from radiation treatment.6
  • Oral doses of peppermint extract in mice were shown to protect against liver toxicity in mice.7
  • Peppermint showed significant anti-viral effects against multiple viruses, including herpes simplex, in vitro.8
  • Peppermint extract had significant antibacterial activity on bacteria collected from used soccer cleats. It was also found to have significant antioxidant activity.9

Application and Use

Safety

Because the skin on the face is rather sensitive, and the eyes are close-by, a 10% dilution of essential oil is a good balance of safety and efficacy. Direct contact with the delicate membranes, such as inside the nasal passages, should be avoided as it can cause a temporary burning sensation. Peppermint oil should not be used with children under two years of age; instead, Spearmint oil, peppermint's milder, sweeter cousin, is an excellent choice.

References

1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.

2 Rhind, Jennifer Peace, and David Pirie. Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice. Singing Dragon, 2012.

3 Moss, Mark, et al. “Acute Consumption of Peppermint and Chamomile Teas Produce Contrasting Effects on Cognition and Mood in Healthy Young Adults.” Plant Science Today, vol. 3, no. 3, Sept. 2016, pp. 327–336., doi:10.14719/pst.2016.3.3.246.

4 Göbel H, et al., “Effectiveness of Oleum Menthae piperitae and Paracetamol in Therapy of Headache of the Tension Type”. Nervenarzt. vol.67, no. 8, Aug. 1996, pp. 672-681., doi:10.1007/s001150050040. PMID: 8805113.

5 Shams, Rouzbeh, et al. “Peppermint Oil: Clinical Uses in the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Diseases.” JSM Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 3, no. 1, 19 Jan. 2015, pp. 1035–1046.

6 Samarth, R M and Kumar, Ashok. “Mentha piperita (Linn .) Leaf Extract Provides Protection Against Radiation Induced Chromosomal Damage in Bone Marrow of Mice.” Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 41, no. 3, Mar. 2003.

7 Sharma, Ambika, et al. “Protective Effect of Mentha Piperita Against Arsenic-Induced Toxicity in Liver of Swiss Albino Mice.” Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, vol. 100, no. 4, Apr. 2007, pp. 249–257., doi:10.1111/j.1742-7843.2006.00030.x.

8 Herrmann, E C and Kucera, L S. “Antiviral Substances in Plants of the Mint Family (Labiatae). III. Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) and Other Mint Plants.” Experimental Biology and Medicine, vol. 124, no. 3, 1 Mar. 1967, pp. 874–878., doi:10.3181/00379727-124-31874.

9 Okmen, Ahmet Sadan, et al. “Antibacterial Activities of Mentha Piperita L. Extracts Against Bacteria Isolated from Soccer Player’s Shoes and Its Antioxidant Activities.” Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, vol. 51, no. 3, 2017, pp. S163–S169., doi:10.5530/ijper.51.3s.5.