, also known as Peppermint Oil
, Oil of Poho
is a steam-distilled, volatile oil
from the fresh Mentha Piperita
The oil is the liquid portion remaining after the separation of menthol
from the oil of Mentha arvensis L.
It contains not less than 50% total menthol
including 5-9% esters (menthyl acetate; menthyl isovalerate, menthone, inactive pinene, l-limonene, cadinene, phellandrene, some acetaldehyde, isovaleric aldehyde, amyl alcohol, and dimethyl sulfide)Whew!
It is a colourless
to pale yellow liquid
with a strong, penetrating peppermint odour
and pungent taste.
For flavouring ill-tasting medicines
, tooth powders, toothpaste
Peppermint oil is used to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome