Latin name: Mentha x Piperita
Plant family: Lamiaceae
A perennial herb growing up to 1 metre high with underground runners by which it is easily propagated. The white has green stems and leaves, the black peppermint has dark green serrated leaves and purple like stems with reddish-violet flowers. Originally cultivated as a hybrid between M.virdis and M. Aquatica, known to have been propagated from before the 17th century
Hydrolats, aromatic waters produced by steam distillation of botanical materials during the production of essential oils. Hydrolats are gentle and effective, containing only the most water-soluble chemicals from the plant material, also microscopic drops of the essential oils.
Properties & Uses
Cooling, refreshing yet stimulating; Beneficial for hot flushes; bust-line toner; moderate anti-oxidant; anti-inflammatory; coffee substitute; digestive; good mouth wash; mildly antiseptic; combats itching and stings; calms razor burn. Cooling if used in aftershave.
How to use
Skin Treatments Use hydrolats as cleansers, toners, to make masks and for facial spritzers. Either use 50/50 with purified water or undiluted.
Room Refreshers Spray liberally around pets, cooking areas, bedrooms and other areas of your environment. Particularly useful in the office to help prevent the spread of disease.
Mouthwash and Gargle Dilute 1:10 for children and 1:4 for adults for gargles and mouthwashes to help strengthen gums, freshen breath, relieve sore throats, ulcers, thrush and toothache.
Health Drink To help promote a healthy, balanced body, dilute 200mls of hydrolat into 1 litre of water and drink throughout the day.
Baths Add up to 100mls to an adult bath and 50mls to a child’s bath. Hydrolats can also be used in sitz baths.
Compress Soak a cloth in hydrosol and compress to the area being treated. For a hot compress use a cold cloth and for hot, use a hot cloth. Wrap up the area with plastic film and leave for 30 minutes.
Peppermint Safety Data