Mentha Arvensis Oil

Mentha Arvensis Herb

What is Mentha Arvensis Oil?

Also known as corn mint or Japanese mint, Mentha arvensis is generally usually confused with peppermint (Mentha piperita), which is closely related to it. Originally from the Orient, corn mint has long been used as a stimulant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory. It is a fragile leafy herb which is also native to parts of Europe, apart from the orient. To get Mentha arvensis oil, the leaves of the plant are steam distilled, and then dementholized through the process of fractionalization. Without fractionalization, the oil will solidify at room temperature.

Properties

Mentha arvensis oil is a colorless or sometimes pale-yellow liquid of thin consistency, with a potent bittersweet minty aroma. Its principal constituent is menthol, which makes up at least 70% of the total composition. Other present compounds include limonene, menthone, pinene, isomenthone, methyl acetate and piperitate amongst others. This composition gives the oil very strong analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, expectorant, antispasmodic, and even anesthetic properties. The dominant component, menthol, is a key and active ingredient in most massage balms, anti-inflammatory balms and pomades, cough syrups and lozenges, and dental products.

Precautions

  • Should be kept out of the reach of children.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should seek medical advice before using this oil.

Benefits

Pain takedown

Aches are a constant presence in our daily lives, and that is why we have corn mint oil to ensure they fail to make us suffer their presence longer than necessary. Corn mint oil has analgesic effects that soothe and relief from pain and aches. It also packs anti-inflammatory properties which nicely compliment its analgesic action when used for pains resulting from headaches, inflammations, and fever.

Never catching cold

Mentha arvensis oil has antispasmodic and antimicrobial properties, alongside it being a powerful expectorant, due to the high presence of menthol and also limonene. Everyone has probably and most likely used a menthol-infused product for colds, flu, and most respiratory infections. Why not keep getting the benefits of menthol with corn mint oil which packs it in abundance.

Oral test? Played it cool

Besides the obvious fact that corn mint is basically mint, your toothpaste, mouthwash, mint dragees, and even some dental floss all contain menthol or isomenthone, both of which are primary constituents of corn mint oil. Why not concoct your very own homemade mouthwash solution? And add some corn mint oil to it. It'll give your mouth a blast of freshness, coolness, minty breath while keeping it clean due to its antimicrobial properties. You'll be the life of the party every time out with friends or when socializing.

Rub off the stress

Corn mint oil has antidepressant properties and can be used as a powerful stress reliever. It can also be used to relax muscles and reduce the stiffness of nerves.

Side effects

  • When ingested, corn mint is mostly safe but can cause stomach upsets for certain people.
  • Corn mint can also be very irritating if applied to sensitive areas such as the face (and we do not want anything happening to that beautiful face now, do we?).
  • Corn mint oil can also cause spur allergic reactions if used in excess.