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 Peppermint Essential Oil uses - Aromatherapy- Peppermint

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Oil Name: Peppermint
Note:Top
Parts of plant used:Flowering tops and leaves
Botanical Name:Mentha Piperita
Aroma: Sharp menthol.

Peppermint Essential Oil:

Peppermint is native to Europe but the USA is today the largest producer of the herb and Essential Oil. As a medicinal and culinary herb Peppermint can be traced back to the Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman times.

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Peppermint Essential Oil Properties and Uses:

Sunburn DermatitisItchy skin rash
Greasy skinMenstrual ProblemsPeriod Pains
Stomach crampsNausea Constipation
RheumatismNeuralgia Muscular pain
Nervous tonicHeadaches Toothache
FlatulenceHalitosis Colic
SinusitisAsthma Bronchitis
MastitisColds Coughs

Peppermint Essential Oil Constituents:

Menthol: Used widely in pharmaceutical products as an inhalant to decongest the respiratory tract, Menthol has spasmolytic, antimicrobial and carminative properties.

Menthol is one of the many aromatic alcohols found in plants, highly valued for their healing properties and fragrances. Most are non irritant to skin and mucus membranes.

 

Jasmone: A Menthol Ester

Menthol Esters: Found in mostly in flowers in very small quantities but their distinctive scent plays a large role in the unique aroma of many essential oils. Some menthol Esters like Menthofuran do not have a pleasant odour.

 

Menthofuran: A menthol Ester

Menthol Esters: Found in mostly in flowers in very small quantities but their distinctive scent plays a large role in the unique aroma of many essential oils. Some menthol Esters like Menthofuran do not have a pleasant odour.

 

Piperitone: A Ketone with pronounced mucolytic properties, Piperitone is especially effective against blocked noses and sinus congestion, Asthma and Bronchitis.

Ketones: Monoterpenoid Ketones are stable molecules formed by oxidation of alcohols. Monocyclic Ketones like Pulegone and Thujone are toxic and should be avoided in any significant volumes in any treatment. Ketones are expectorant and a respiratory tonic.

 

Pinene: Commonly found in Oil of Turpentine extracted from Pinus specie trees, pinene (alpha-pinene and beta-pinene) is also widely distributed in other plants. It is used for Rheumatism as a liniment but is best known by Aromatherapists and a tonic of the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. Pinene is also important for its pleasant fragrance and is believed to have diuretic properties by many.

 

Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb. Limonene also has antiviral properties.

 

Menthyl Acetate: No current data available

Cineole: One of the two most important Monoterpene Oxides, the other is Ascaridole, Cineole is one of the most widely distributed constituents amongst plants as an oxidised product of monoterpenes. Cineole is often also called Eucalyptol, named so because it is the major component of Eucalyptus oil.

Cineole is a expectorant widely used in commercial cough lozenges. It has a reputation as a skin irritant amongst many practitioners but recent tests have failed to confirm this.

 

Pulegone: Contra-indicated for pregnant women this Ketone is classed as an emmenegogue. Pulegone is toxic and will cause convulsions in high doses.

Pulegone is mucolytic and is good for congestion of the respiratory system.

Ketones: Monoterpenoid Ketones are stable molecules formed by oxidation of alcohols. Monocyclic Ketones like Pulegone and Thujone are toxic and should be avoided in any significant volumes in any treatment. Ketones are expectorant and a respiratory tonic.

 
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