For eczema sufferers, Peppermint essential oil provides good natural therapy. It’s soothing, calming (anti-inflammatory), anti-bacterial¹, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial. It also possesses strong antioxidant activity², and constituents proven to prevent cancerous growth. Let’s explore peppermint essential oil for a moment.
Botanical Name: Mentha arvensis
Plant Part: Herb
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Total Menthone: 32.6%
Menthone is a main constituent in this Peppermint essential oil. Menthone is found in herbs, spices and in some essential oils, e.g. Mentha sachalinensis (mint species). Menthone belongs to the family of p-Menthane Monoterpenes, again, which are commonly found in the essential oils of many plants including fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Monoterpenes prevent the initiation and progression stages of cancer. In addition, they have been found to be effective in treating early and advanced cancers.
Peppermint happens to be one of the oldest documented medicinal herbs. It is a fragrant perennial herb with spiked purple flowers that is easily accessible, easy to grow and self proliferating. Peppermint leaf is a common, multi-tasking herb that can be container planted in your own home garden. The fresh leaves can be added to various beverages, made into a tea or added to meals and condiments. Evidence-based research regarding the bioactivity of this herb suggests that, in vitro, peppermint leaf tea has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, strong antioxidant and antitumor actions, and some antiallergenic potential.
The peppermint essential oil that we use in our product line, is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves of the fresh plants. Did you know it generally takes at least 50 pounds of plant material to make one pound of essential oil?!
Why we use it:
We use peppermint Essential Oil in our soaps because of its naturally inherent anti-bacterial¹, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal activities. It also possesses strong antioxidant activity², and anti-inflammatory properties, all of which are useful for eczema and atopic dermatitis.
As a key ingredient in the BODYTRUTH brand SEA SALT DETOX body bar, peppermint calms and cools inflamed skin; and because of its antimicrobial capabilities, it helps to speed healing and correct skin damage. Much research has been performed demonstrating and supporting the effectiveness of essential oils for therapeutic treatment and natural healing.
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