A perennial herb of up to three feet in height, Peppermint has aromatic dark green leaves and tall spikes of purple colored flowers. Peppermint essential oil has a fresh, minty aroma and is obtained from the steam distillation of the fresh, flowering herb.
Peppermint oil is a versatile oil: it is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, digestive, anti-septic,an astringent, carminative and anti-spasmodic. Peppermint essential oil is used to treat migraine, bronchitis, sinusitis, indigestion and nausea. Additionally, Peppermint oil can be used for dermatitis and acne. Good for muscle pain, but if used in the evening, Peppermint essential oil may cause wakefulness because of its stimulant properties.