Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita) comes from India. It is steam distilled from the organic flowering tops & leaves.
Peppermint is a hybrid of Water Mint and Spearmint. It grows all over the world. The USA is the largest producer of Peppermint essential oil, but U.K., Eastern Europe, Italy, India and Morocco are also producers of Peppermint Essential Oil.
The Peppermint leaves and flowers are picked just before maturity. 600 lbs. of fresh Peppermint plant will yield about 2 pounds of essential oil from steam distillation.
This particular Peppermint essential oil is made with Indian peppermint. It's clear to pale yellow or pale olive green, and it has a strong, fresh minty aroma. If it’s not properly stored, Peppermint oil will darken and become thick and eventually turn into resin. Aromatically, Peppermint essential oil is difficult to blend and can overpower other aromas.
SAFETY ISSUES AND TIPS: According to Tisserand & Young (Essential Oil Safety: Second Edition, pg. 387, 2014), Peppermint Essential Oil should not be used by any route by persons with cardiac fibrillation and/or G6PD enzyme deficiency. We do not recommend internal use of essential oils except under guidance of an appropriately trained and licensed health care professional; in the case of Peppermint Essential Oil, internal use is specifically to be avoided by persons with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as it may produce a worsening of symptoms. Follow all other safety guidelines as indicated in the box below.