• Derived from: mint
  • Pronunciation: (pep·per·mint)
  • Type: Natural
  • Other names: mentha x piperita

What Is Peppermint essential oil?

Peppermint essential oil (also called mentha x piperita) is a clear or yellowish liquid derived from the mentha piperita plant, which is a perennial.[1,2] Also called the peppermint plant, it has been used for health purposes for thousands of years.[3]

What Does Peppermint essential oil Do in Our products?

Peppermint essential oil is known for its distinctive taste and candy cane flavor, but it also gives our products a fresh, natural scent. It is often found in shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, toothpaste, moisturizer, lip balm, lotion, and other items.[4,5]

Why Puracy Uses Peppermint essential oil

We use peppermint oil in several of our products as a fragrance. It is a better alternative to synthetic perfumes and phthalates. The FDA has deemed the ingredient generally recognized as safe (GRAS), and Whole Foods deems it acceptable in its body care and cleaning products.[11,12,13] In addition, peppermint oil is on the EPA’s list of pesticides exempt from regulation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.[14] Research shows the ingredient has antibacterial properties and helps relieve inflammation, itchiness, and kill viruses.[15,16,17]

How Peppermint essential oil Is Made

Producing peppermint oil typically begins by cutting the leaves of the peppermint plant.[6] They are then placed in distillation machinery that pushes steam or water through the plant material. The oil and other components rise and are funneled into a condenser, which cools the vapor to liquid. The oil floats on the water, where it is siphoned off.[7,8] One pound of peppermint oil can flavor 135,000 sticks of gum.[9] Menthol is an alcohol derived from peppermint oil.[10]

Certifications

Sources

[1] Environmental Working Group
[2] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[3] National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
[4] Environmental Working Group
[5] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[6] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[7] New Directions Aromatics
[8] National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
[9] Michigan State University Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
[10] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[11] Food and Drug Administration
[12] Whole Foods Market
[13] Whole Foods Market
[14] Environmental Protection Agency
[15] Herro, E., Jacob S.E. “Mentha piperita (peppermint).” Dermatitis 2010 Nov-Dec;21(6):327-9 
[16] Schumacher, A., Reichling, J. and Schnitzler, P. “Virucidal effect of peppermint oil on the enveloped viruses herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2 in vitro.” Phytomedicine 2003;10(6-7):504-10
[17] Elsaie, L.T., et al. “Effectiveness of topical peppermint oil on symptomatic treatment of chronic pruritus.” Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 2016 Oct 11;9:333-338

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