Which Peppermint should I choose?
Peppermint Piperita is the most common and popular type of Peppermint. It is distilled from Mentha piperita which is true peppermint. Our newest Peppermint is Peppermint Black Mitcham. Black Mitcham is a Mentha piperita just like Peppermint Piperita. The difference is Black Mitcham is an heirloom variety and is only harvested once per year to keep the integrity of the Peppermint to its highest standards. It has a delicious chocolatey undertone and is only slightly more expensive. Peppermint Corn Mint is distilled from Mentha arvensis which is corn mint. Peppermint Corn Mint contains more menthol than Peppermint Piperita giving it a sweeter stronger aroma. Piperita is considered to be the more therapeutic as Corn Mint often has some of the menthol extracted to make menthol crystals. Corn Mint is still very therapeutic, I especially like it for the respiratory system. Corn Mint smells more like the Christmas candy cane.
Peppermint Corn Mint Essential Oil
|Ingredient In:||LeCrystal Clear, LePaine, LeTendaCare|
|Available In:||Essential Oil, Bar Soap, Blessed Water|
|Included in Kit:||Singles Collection|
|Botanical Name:||Mentha arvensis|
|Country of Origin:||India|
|Extraction Method:||steam distilled|
|Part Utilized:||stems, leaves, flower buds|
|General Information:||Mentha piperita is the oil from the true peppermint plant. Mentha arvensis is the oil from the corn mint plant which is in the peppermint family. These two oils are extremely similar. The main difference is corn mint contains a higher menthol content. This gives it more of a candy cane scent where piperita has more of a peppermint patty scent. While they have the same therapeutic uses, corn mint is the preferred oil for diffusing and for making products such as soaps and lotions, while piperita is more popular for topical application because it is less harsh since it has less menthol.|
|Cautions:||Corn Mint has a higher menthol content than piperita, making it slightly more potent therapeutically, and a little more caustic.|