Our peppermint grows in the northern 'mint' regions of India. The oil is produced by stea distilling dried leaves and flowers. Peppermint oil is one of the most versatile essential oils, and I love it for its minty and refreshing aroma.
Did you know that it takes about 77 kilos of leaves to make 1 kilo of oil?
Peppermint oil is popular for its antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, insect repellent, anti inflammatory and analgesic properties.
How to use
Peppermint is a very fragrant oil and is widely used to flavour chewing gum, oral care products, chocolates, candy etc.
It is commonly used to boost energy levels and brighten up your day.
Studies show that peppermint oil is a very effective pain killer and muscle relaxant. You could dilute with carrier oil and apply it topically, or add a few drops with epsom salt to your bath to relieve muscle pain.
Peppermint oil is also actively used in insect and bug repellents because ants, mice and most insects dislike the smell of this oil.