Essential oils: Peppermint – the science relating to menthol

Peppermint essential oil is composed of 38% to 48% menthol (a monoterpene alcohol), 20% to 30% menthone, and about 6% 1,8-cineole (aka eucalyptol, which we discussed in the post on eucalyptus!) Menthol is the most interesting part of peppermint as it’s the compound that gives us that cooling sensation we seek when we add it to our products. … Read more

Essential oils: Peppermint – the science relating to digestion

Peppermint essential oil is one of the more common essential oils. It’s plentiful and inexpensive, and the minty coolness it brings to our products is most welcome (except when we’re soaking in it! Eek!) Peppermint essential oil is composed of 38% to 48% menthol (a monoterpene), 20% to 30% menthone, and about 6% 1,8-cineole (aka eucalyptol, which we … Read more