Peppermint Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Peppermint Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Mentha piperita

Oil Overview

Peppermint essential oil has a fresh, sharp, menthol fragrance. It is clear to pale yellow in colour and has a watery viscosity.

Oil Sources

Originating in the USA, Peppermint oil is extracted from its plant by the process of steam distillation.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

Menthol, menthone, 1,8-cineole, methyl acetate, methofuran, isomenthone, limonene, b-pinene, a-pinene, germacrene-d, trans-sabinene hydrate and pulegone.



Therapeutic Properties:

Anaesthetic, Analgesic, Antigalactogogue, Antiphlogistic, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Astringent, Carminative, Cephalic, Cholagogue, Cordial, Decongestant, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Hepatic, Nervine, Stimulant, Stomachic, Sudorific, Vasoconstrictor, Vermifuge

Possible Uses

Acne, Asthma, Bronchitis, Colic, Coughs, Cramps, Depression, Dermatitis, Digestion, Flatulence, Headaches, Menstrual Pain, Migraine, Muscle Spasm, Muscular Aches and Pains, Nausea, Nervous Exhaustion, Nervous Tension, Nervousness, Neuralgia, Rheumatism, Sinusitis, Stress, Tension


Irritant to Sensitive Skin, Irritant to Mucus Membranes, Pregnancy: Not suitable for pregnant mothers, Not Suitable for Children

Detail of Warnings

Peppermint oil is non-toxic and non-irritant in low dilutions, but may cause sensitization due to the menthol content.
It can cause irritation to the skin and mucus membranes.
It should be kept away from the eyes.
It should be avoided during pregnancy and should not be used on children under seven years of age

Compatible Combination Oils

Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Marjoram, Orange


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