Updated: Aug 5, 2020
A hybrid plant derived from a cross between Water Mint and Spearmint, Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) is native to Europe and North America.
By harvesting Peppermint leaves and putting them through a steam distilling process, we can make Peppermint Oil, a popular Essential Oil.
This oil can be helpful with IBS symptoms, tension headaches, and even for a boost of energy.
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Greek, Roman, and Egyptian civilizations mention the use of the Peppermint plant in their records. The Greeks and Romans used it as a stomach soother, and, similarily, Egyptians used it for indigestion.
Surprisingly enough, despite its history of healing use, the Peppermint plant was not even considered a type of mint until the 1700s.
It was after this, during the 18th Century, that Western Europe used Peppermint as a medicinal remedy for nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, respiratory infections, and even menstrual disorders.
Properties of Peppermint
Although primarily cultivated for its oil, a whole Peppermint plant is useful for its healing properties. The oil found on the underside of the Peppermint leaves and contains most of the plant's active ingredients.
Menthyl acetate gives the plant its minty aroma and flavor. The leaves and flowers contain menthone and menthol, giving the oil its cooling sensation. Peppermint is also antibacterial, making it great to take to help flu and cold symptoms.
The menthol content in a peppermint plant determines its quality. The higher the menthol, the better the quality. The menthol content varies on climate and habitat. On average, American Peppermint is 50-78% Menthol, European Peppermint is 60-70% Menthol, and Japanese Peppermint is 85%.
Uses & Benefits of Peppermint Oil
Since Ancient Greek and Roman times, Peppermint has aided in alieving cold symptoms and indigestion. By cultivating Peppermint oil, we now know many other uses for it.
For a tension headache, rub a few drops of Peppermint oil onto your temples, forehead, or over your sinuses.