Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowering plant
Aroma: Fresh, very minty, hot, herbaceous, with a vegetative back note
Country of Origin: India
Traditional Use: Has many culinary and pharmaceutical uses. It is also used for its soothing qualities on the digestive system.
Safety Information: Avoid Peppermint Oil in cardiac fibrillation, epilepsy, fever. Peppermint Oil is a mucous membrane irritant and neurotoxic (toxic to the nerves).
Some of this information applies to oral use, but is provided for informational purposes (no essential oil should be taken internally without the guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner). [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 160.]