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Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Hydrosol, With Preservative

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Hydrosol, With Preservative

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Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Hydrosol, With Preservative

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This peppermint hydrosol contains a preservative (Leucidal) that is a 100% natural and derived from the ferment of radish root. It is widely used in organic cosmetics. Leucidal is a broad spectrum antibacterial and antifungal preservative designed to provide protection against bacteria, mold and yeasts. 

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Plant description

Latin Name : Mentha piperita
English Name : Peppermint
French Name : Menthe poivrée
Family : Lamiaceae
Origin : France

History and Origin

Originally the product of a natural hybridization between Mentha aquatica and Mentha spicata, peppermint is today a widely cultivated plant. Indigenous in Europe, it is now commonly found all around the globe as an adventitious plant. It likes humid and well-drained soils. In Egypt, some peppermint traces were found, dating back to as far as 1 000 years before J.-C. In Native medicinal tradition, it is used as analgesic (against colic, cramps and headaches), antiemetic, carminative, antipyretic and gastrointestinal tonic, as well as a remedy against flu and hemorrhoids and as a urinary disinfectant. Mitchum peppermint, very popular around the world, has its roots in Saint-Lawrence River Valley, in Québec.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Extraction : Steam distillation
pH : 6.1-6.3
Aroma and taste : The aroma of freshly crushed peppermint leaves. Pungent, cool, and refreshing but significantly less intense than the oil. 
Stability and Shelf Life : Unstable. Peppermint has a shelf life of around twelve months, even under perfect conditions. Although it will occasionally last longer it is quite fragile, and I always get rid of the old crop when the new distillation comes into stock. It is one of those oddities that peppermint is considered an antioxidant, yet the hydrosol oxidizes quite rapidly. Indications are that this is a function of the high pH and the high rH2 (electro-conductivity) factors in combination. The addition of a preservative doubles the shelf life of the product.

Properties and Applications

Peppermint is most famous for its digestive, anti-inflammatory, and mind-stimulating properties. Topically, it combats itching and burning, providing fast relief for allergic reactions, bites, and stings, and makes a good douche or wash for genital irritation or itching in men and women. Anti-inflammatory both topically and internally, peppermint can treat stiff muscles. Added to hot water, it will have a cooling effect; added to cold water, it will have a heating effect. It is recommended in France to spritz on the décolleté as a toner for the bustline, and it is even more effective combined with black spruce hydrosol. Spritz it on the face to revive during hot weather or when tired, or use it to soothe hot flashes. 

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Documentation and References

  • CATTY, Suzanne, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press.
  • LAWLESS, Julia, The Illustraded Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Element.
  • MARIE VICTORIN, La Flore Laurentienne, Gaëtan Morin Éditeur.
  • MOERMAN, Daniel E., Native American Ethnobotany, Timber Press.