Peppermint may bring back fond memories of striped candy canes at Christmas, but this is one botanical that is hard working all year round. The peppermint is a cross between the watermint and the spearmint – a hybrid species that, despite there being more than 25 different varieties of mint, has become the most common one. Peppermint is a rich source of menthol, both in dried and essential oil form, which is why it has a reputation as a herbal healer. Modern distilleries have even used peppermint in gin production for a refreshing twist on the popular drink.
Peppermint essential oil has several uses. Processed from the leaves of the plant, the essential oil is used as flavouring for toothpastes and chewing gum. The oil also has a high concentration of natural pesticides – predominantly pulegone. So, it is also used within the gardening industry and is known to repel some insects including mosquitoes.
For aromatherapy, peppermint essential oil is prized for its stimulating and refreshing impact. The minty aroma is also thought to be soothing to the stomach and can help ease nausea. When used for its menthol content the oil can help soothe cold symptoms such as stuffy noses and congestion.
One of peppermint’s best-known applications in the health world is in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – and while it’s long been a folk remedy to soothe the constipation and bloating associated with IBS, modern medicine is catching up. Multiple studies have revealed that peppermint is more effective than fibre or prescribed muscle relaxants.
Peppermint’s high menthol content has a calming effect on the intestinal smooth muscle and holds antispasmodic properties. Additionally, the cooling menthol activates the anti-pain channel known as TRPM8, delivering temporary yet effective pain relief by dulling pain-sensing fibres in the gut.
At Joseph Flach & Son we stock more than 600 dried botanical ingredients, herbs and spices, as well as oils, tinctures and other compounds. These are used by our faithful customers to manufacture a wide range of finished products, from animal nutrition and pharmaceuticals, through to alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, herbal remedies and teas. We can supply large quantities of peppermint to you, in original bags, which is of the highest quality.
We offer peppermint in the following forms:
Peppermint Leaves Cut – Botanical name: Mentha piperita
Peppermint Leaves Cut Fine – Botanical name: Mentha x piperita
Peppermint Leaf Powder – Botanical name: Mentha x piperita
Please note that many botanicals come in different forms and grades which may determine or improve their suitability for certain applications. At Joseph Flach & Sons we carry a large range of products in various forms and grades. Please do check with our experts if you require a specific grade or form and they will be delighted to help you.
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