Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is the second most popular essential oil in the United States. It is cooling to the skin and gives off a fresh, grassy aroma. This U.S.-sourced essential oil comes from the prominent Yakima valley in Washington state.
Peppermint is believed to be native to the Mediterranean region, although the actual origin is uncertain. The crossing of its two parent species — mentha and pepita — occurred in the wild.
- The primary constituent of peppermint essential oil is menthol which produces an immediate physical and pronounced sensation of coolness when inhaled or applied to the skin.
- Peppermint blends well with lavender, rosemary, lemon eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon, and sweet orange essential oils.
- In addition to body and massage oils, peppermint essential oil is often used in air fresheners like air mists and diffusions. Its refreshing, energizing effects make it ideal for travelers on long trips.
- Peppermint essential oil is generally considered a top note.
Origin: United States
There are so many ways to use essential oils! The above-suggested uses are just an introduction to a wide variety of quick tips and recipes available on auracacia.com. Because essential oils are highly concentrated, we recommend diluting them in a carrier product like skin care oil, water, unscented lotion, or unscented liquid soap. Follow this guide for safe, effective use.
Quick Tip Combine 4 drops with 2 teaspoons fractionated coconut oil in a roll-on bottle for a cooling temple relief.
Recipe Cooling Summertime Mist
12 drops Aura Cacia Peppermint Essential Oil
12 drops Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oil
1 tablespoon aloe vera
3 tablespoons water
2-ounce Aura Cacia Amber Glass Mist Bottle
- Into bottle, measure all ingredients.
- Replace lid and shake until well blended.
- To use, shake bottle and mist skin, avoiding eyes.
Botanical name: Mentha piperita