Peppermint's brisk, uplifting aroma
has been enjoyed for centuries, in both aromatherapeutic and culinary
applications. LifeSource Vitamins Peppermint Oil can be invigorating and rejuvenating and
can also be taken internally when properly diluted. LifeSource Peppermint
Oil is 100% pure, and steam distilled from fresh peppermint leaves.
Peppermint is one of the most useful
and beloved essential oils. Refreshing, cooling, uplifting, and restoring,
peppermint has a variety of therapeutic uses. Used extensively in both Eastern
and Western medicine for everything from indigestion to diarrhea, headaches to
tired feet, and toothaches to cramps. Peppermint is also a big favorite among
the food industry and can be found as a flavoring agent in gums, candy, ice
cream, and pastries. However, peppermint really shines in aromatherapy, as its
fresh, comforting scent soothes and relieves all sorts of ailments, both mental
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Mixes well with: Basil, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper,
lavender, lemon, myrrh, pine, rosemary, spearmint, tea tree, and wintergreen.
Parts used: Flowering herb.
Safety Information: Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use on
babies or small children. May cause irritation to sensitive skin, however, it is
rare. Do a patch test, first, before applying in large amounts. Do not use in
baths. Should not be used in conjunction with homeopathic remedies, as it will
act as an antidote.
If one were to recommend an aromatic
herb that is known for its versatile uses, peppermint oil would win hands down.
The botanical name of peppermint is mentha
piperita. Extracted from the herb by steam distillation, the oil of
peppermint is clear with a slight tinge of yellow. Its main constituent is
menthol, which imparts the famous heady, minty aroma and the remarkable
“cooling sensation,” when tasted or touched.
Peppermint oil comprises vitamins A
and C, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals including potassium, manganese, iron,
magnesium, calcium, and copper. The numerous health benefits of peppermint oil
include its ability to treat several health problems.
Peppermint oil is said to cure
indigestion. Use peppermint oil as a flavoring agent in food or add a few
drops in a glass of warm water and drink it after your meal. Being carminative
in nature, peppermint oil helps to dispel gas. It also eases stomach and bowel
spasms and is the best antidote for an upset stomach.
Peppermint oil benefits the
respiratory system. The menthol in peppermint oil helps to clear the
respiratory tract. The oil of peppermint acts as an expectorant and provides
relief during a regular bout of cold and cough, and the more serious sinusitis,
asthma, and bronchitis. Use peppermint oil as a cold rub on the chest or inhale
it through a vaporizer and you will find that your nasal congestion has
Peppermint oil is also used for
relief from headaches. Inhaling a few drops of peppermint oil sprinkled on a
handkerchief or dabbed on your wrist will remove a nagging headache. It also
acts as a stress buster.
Peppermint oil is used to treat
stress and pain. After a long tiring day, soak yourself in a bath or shower
after applying some drops of peppermint oil to your body. The refreshing
properties of the oil will make you feel energized again. The cooling
properties of peppermint oil benefit by removing pain. It can be applied
Peppermint oil is used in hair and
skincare. Peppermint blends well with other essential oils and is used in
massages, steam bath, and mud packs. Peppermint oil is antiseptic in nature,
and when massaged on the scalp, it helps to remove dandruff and lice in
addition to its usual cooling effect. When applied on the skin, peppermint oil
keeps pimples at bay and keeps the skin healthy and blemish-free. Add a drop or
two of peppermint oil to your toothpaste and say goodbye to bad breath and toothaches.
Vitamins - Peppermint Oil is steam distilled from fresh peppermint leaves, 100%
Pure & Natural, Mentha piperita, Aromatherapeutic, GC/IR Verified,
Refreshing, cooling, uplifting, restoring, therapeutic, indigestion, diarrhea,
What are essential oils?
Essential Oils are the naturally occurring volatile oils obtained by steam
distillation or cold pressing (expression), having the characteristic aroma of
the plant part from which it was derived. These 100% pure oils are
"neat", meaning they have not been processed, diluted or manipulated
in any way with solvents or other additives. Although a particular species of
plant harvested and distilled for its essential oil during a particular growing
season in a specific region may produce a fragrance that differs from the same
species grown in a different region, many of the main chemical markers and
physical specifications may be very similar.
Do essential oils have a grading system to tell me which is better?
There is no official grading system that grades essential oils as A, B, C or
Therapeutic grade. All LifeSource Essential Oils are 100% pure essential oils
are accurately labeled as such and are the highest purity and quality
Nearly all essential oils are obtained by physical means, with most essential
oils obtained by the process of steam distillation of plant materials, and
Citrus Oils by the process of “cold pressing” of the fruit. There are a few
essential oils obtained using chemical solvent extractions. These products are
termed “concretes” and “absolutes”, and are identified as such on the label.
This discussion will center on the physical processes of steam distillation and
Steam distillation is a three-step
process comprised of the following:
- The plant material is placed on a screen in a steam
still. Steam from a boiler is introduced under the screen where the plant
material is held. The steam vaporizes the essential oil in the plant
material. Both steam and oil vapor rise to a condenser.
- The steam and oil are condensed to a liquid, and fed to
a receiving vessel.
- The essential oil rises to the top of the liquid in the
receiving vessel. It is separated from the condensed steam liquid (water
or hydrosols). The water may be returned to the boiler and re-boiled into
Cold Pressing is a four-step process
comprised of the following:
- The whole fruit is scarified, which means the peel or
rind is mechanically pierced to open the sacs containing the essential
- The whole fruit is then pressed which squeezes out the
juice and oil.
- The oil and juice, which contains the peel and other
fruit solids, are centrifuged to separate the liquids and solids.
- The oil liquid layer is then separated from the juice
- Further physical processing of
either the steam distilled or cold pressed essential oils, such as filtering,
winterizing, or distillation, may follow to clarify or rectify them by removing
any debris, waxes, etc. In no instance is the use of chemical solvents permitted
for products labeled as 100% pure essential oils, nor are any chemical
additives permitted to enhance (adulterate) the oils. All LifeSource Essential
Oils are produced utilizing only steam distillation or cold pressing with no
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