|Latin name||Mentha arvensis|
|Synonyms||Japanese mint, Field mint|
|Extraction||Distillation of the fresh flowering herb|
|Origin||China, Japan, Europe|
|Plant characteristics||This rather fragile herb is one of many mint varieties. It grows to around 2 feet high and the essential oil is prolific in the leaf. The lance shaped leaves develop from whorls at the tops of the stems. Always check the Latin name when buying mint to ensure that the correct oil is purchased.|
|Oil characteristics||A pale yellow-green oil with a strongly penetrating grassy, minty, fresh aroma.|
|Traditional use||Used since ancient times for digestive problems of all varieties. Also for toothache, headache and cramp. In Chinese medicine it was used to treat earache, tumours and skin conditions.|
|Blends well with||Other members of the Lamiaceae family, Rosewood, Sandalwood essential oils.|
|Cautions and comments||No known contra-indications. Because of the high menthol content the oil should not be used neat on the skin in case of reaction. Also, menthol can set solid. If this happens, warm the bottle gently in your hands.|
|Main chemical constituents||Menthol (80%)|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.