Peppermint is an aromatic herb in the mint family. It’s a hybrid mint that’s a cross between spearmint and watermint. It can be found naturally in North America and Europe.
Peppermint essential oil can be extracted from the leaves of the peppermint plant and is used for a variety of different purposes.
Read on to discover more about the forms of peppermint oil, its uses, and potential health benefits.
Peppermint oil has a sharp odour that’s cool and refreshing. Its taste is similar. You may be familiar with the coolness in your mouth after you consume something with a peppermint flavour.
The main chemical components of peppermint oil are menthol and menthone. However, there are many more as well.
Peppermint oil comes from the peppermint plant, Mentha x Piperita.
Peppermint oil uses
Peppermint oil has a wide variety of uses. For example, it can be used as:
– treatment for a variety of conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, and other digestive issues, as well as the common cold and headaches
– topical application for relief from itching, muscle pain, and headache
– flavouring agent in foods and in products such as mouthwashes
– fresh, pleasing scent added to soaps and cosmetic products