Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a hybrid cross between watermint and spearmint, and cultivated in many regions of the world. These perennial plants grow fairly low to the ground, with dark green tooth-edged, slightly furry leaves. These highly fragrant leaves can be steam distilled to produce peppermint essential oil, which is commonly used to flavour ice cream, confectionery, chewing gum, and toothpaste. Peppermint can also be found in some shampoos, soaps and skin care products.
Botanical name: Mentha x piperita
Other names: Peppermint Oil
Main constituents: Menthol, menthone, menthyl acetate, 1,8-cineole, limonene, beta-pinene and beta-caryophyllene