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 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, with as blood flowing 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, such as the well-known 'Halls Mentholyptus' 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.
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). It has been repeatedly studied for its effectiveness arousing concentration, focus and mental sharpness. Peppermint may also help relieve congestion when inhaled, and is also commonly used for headaches and migraines by placing a drop on each temple..
The oil has shown favorable results in clinical testing for the treatment of headaches, without side effects at the dosages used. The most researched therapeutic activity of peppermint involves support of the digestive system. The oil exhibits very strong choleretic activity, meaning it stimulates the liver and gall bladder to release bile (supporting digestive activity). The oil also inhibits muscle spasms in the intestines. Combined with its antibacterial effect, peppermint essential oil becomes a genuine medicine to help all sorts of digestion-related issues. It is said to relieve dyspepsia, nausea, stomach pains, and diarrhea. It is now commonly available in enteric coated capsules specifically for support of irritable bowel syndrome.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Peppermint essential oil is considered by aromatherapists as one of the more indispensable essential oils. The oil can work wonders for motion sickness and general nausea for some people. It is often taken internally for this. Medical research has found Peppermint oil to be effective for irritable bowel syndrome (peppermint should be taken in enterically-coated capsules). Further, French literature suggests Peppermint for asthma due to its liver strengthening and regenerating properties.
Application and Use
Because the skin is rather sensitive there, and the eyes are close-by, a 10% dilution of essential oil is a good balance of safety and efficacy. 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.