Peppermint Japanese - Organic Essential Oil - Fair Trade - Mentha arvensis - India - New Directions Aromatics
Botanical Name: Mentha arvensis
Plant Part: Herb
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Description / Color / Consistency: A thin, colourless to pale-yellow liquid.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: With a high Menthol content, Peppermint exudes a sharp, penetrating scent. The minty sweetness of its vapor makes it one of the most popular Essential Oils / Top note / Strong aroma
Product Abstract: Peppermint's name has its roots in Greek mythology. Hades, god of the dead, pursued the beautiful nymphe, Minthe. Hades' wife, Persephone, became jealous and turned Minthe into a small and insignificant plant on which to be trampled. Pluto could not undo the transformation, but ensured that Minthe would always be loved for her fragrant aroma.
There are several species of the Mentha arvensis perennial herb, also known as Peppermint Japanese or Corn Mint. It can grow up to 3 feet in height and can be identified by its hairy leaves, which have serrated edges, and by its spiked purple flowers. The herb spreads by way of its underground runners. Known for its high Menthol content, sometimes this herb has Menthol Crystals growing right on its leaves. Peppermint is one of the oldest documented medicinal herbs, and it continues to be used as a flavouring agent in the food industry. Peppermint and Peppermint-scented oils are commonly used to add fragrances to soaps, candles, and toiletries.
Note: The high Menthol content of this oil means that it could potentially crystalize. If this happens, place the bottle in a hot water “bath,” and change the water frequently to ensure that the temperature remains hot. Repeat this step until the oil returns to its liquid state, then gently agitate the bottle before use.
Cautions: For external use only; dilute before use. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping) be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.