Daily Essentials- Peppermint Oil

Peppermint Oil is from the Lamiaceae or Labiatae botanical familly. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil has been known to increase mental accuracy by 28% (Dr. William Demberm). It also stimulates the brain satiety center to curb appetite and restore sense of taste (Dr. Alan Hirsch).

Extraction Method:Steam distilled from leaves and stems

Chemical Consituents: 
Menthol (34-44%)
Menthone (12-20%)
Menthofurane (4-9%)
1.8 Cineol (Eucalyptol) (2-5%)
Pulegone (2-5%)
Methyl Acetate (4-10%)

Medical Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic, antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain reliever

Historical Data: Reputed to be part of the “Marseiles Vinegar” or “Four Thieves Vinegar” used by grave-robbing bandits to protect themselves during the 15th century plague. A highly regarded digestive stimulant. Dr. Jean Valet used peppermint to treat liver and respiratory disease.

USE: Rheumatism/arthritis, respiratory, viral infection, cold sores, nausea, skin conditions, fungal infections, digestive problems

Source:Essential Oils Desk Reference