Peppermint essential oil has a sharp, refreshing minty aroma and is pale yellow in colour. This species of peppermint is cross-bred from water-mint and spearmint, and the oil is steam distilled from the resulting herb.
One of the most popular essential oils, peppermint oil has many applications. Its cooling properties make it an effective natural pain reliever, when diluted and used in massage. When vaporised peppermint oil is effective at alleviating the symptoms of the common cold due to its ability to open the airways and reduce congestion.
The clean, fresh aroma of the oil is also often used to promote alertness and improve concentration. It is also commonly used as a natural solution to repel spiders and rats.
Botanical Name: Mentha Piperita
Spearmint essential oil has a clean, minty, refreshing aroma and is similar to Peppermint, but slightly sweeter and milder. It is pale yellow in colour and is steam distilled from the herb itself. The aroma has a cleansing, energising effect that clears the mind and lifts the mood. It is also effective as a milder decongestant to Peppermint essential oil due to its ability to open the sinuses. Spearmint essential oil is also commonly used to aid digestion and stomach discomfort.
Botanical Name: Mentha Spicata