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

Mentha × piperita leaves
Peppermint (Mentha × piperita)

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

PropertiesEdit

 
Mentha piperita essential oil.

DigestiveEdit

Relieves indigestion, nausea, heartburn, flatulence and diarrhea.

EmotionalEdit

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

GynecologicalEdit

Reduces menstrual pain.

RespiratoryEdit

Alleviates asthma, coughs, bronchitis and sinusitis.

CautionEdit

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