Complete Guide to Essential Oils/A to Z of essential oils/Peppermint

Peppermint oil comes from the leaves of Mentha × piperita (also known as Mentha balsamea). It is particularly used for healing the digestive system.

Mentha × piperita leaves
Mentha × piperita leaves
Peppermint (Mentha × piperita)

Properties edit

Mentha piperita essential oil.

Digestive edit

Relieves indigestion, nausea, heartburn, flatulence and diarrhea.

Emotional edit

Soothes stress, anxiety and depression. Relieves fatigue and improves concentration.

Gynecological edit

Reduces menstrual pain.

Respiratory edit

Alleviates asthma, coughs, bronchitis and sinusitis.

Caution edit

  • Don't use peppermint oil during pregnancy.
  • Don't use on young children.
  • May irritate the skin or mucus membranes.