English Peppermint (mentha piperita) is the best quality Peppermint available, and at the luxury end of the market. The normal American peppermint tends to go into products such as toothpaste. English Peppermint, also known as Mitcham Peppermint, is smoother, fuller, and more rounded that the standard product. It has high methyl esters and a modest content of ketone, menthone.
Peppermint is best known as a remedy for digestive upsets, and to refresh a tired mind. Used extensively in both eastern and Western cultures for a variety of complaints including indigestion, nausea, cramps, headaches, diarrhoea. It is current in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia for intestinal colic, flatulence, common cold, and dysmenorrhea.
Aromatherapy/Home Use example:
To ease stomach cramps, dilute 3 drops Peppermint, 4 drops Ginger, and 3 drops Lavender in 20ml carrier oil.
Safety: Not compatible with homeopathic treatment. Nonirritant (in dilution), possible sensitisation due to the menthol. Use in moderation. Avoid in baths or massage if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin. Avoid use during first 4 months of pregnancy, and then with care thereafter.