How to Use Our Peppermint Essential Oil
The invigorating smell of peppermint essential oil is unmistakable and a go-to oil to use in the morning to awaken the senses or to beat the mid afternoon slump and improve your mental alertness and lift your mood.
One of the most common uses though is to help keep unwelcome pests away such as spiders, mice, wasps and ants. It is important to note that only pure peppermint oil has the potential to be effective at achieving this.
The 3 main ways to use our peppermint oil are:
- Diffuse – with the use of a diffuser
- Topical – through the use of a carrier, not on damaged skin and carry out a patch test first.
- Bathing – add 2-3 drops (diluted with a carrier) to any bath for a safe, invigorating experience.
- Household – add a few drops to a spray to purify the room and deter insects and rodents.
Why We Get Our Oil From India
India has the perfect conditions for cultivating peppermint oil and is one of the largest exporters at the time of this writing. Fertile soils and optimal growing conditions are created by the wet season during plantation and an abundance of sunshine come harvest.
Couple this with high quality distillation capabilities and you have a winning combination to produce a really high quality essential oil.
How it’s Extracted
Similar to eucalyptus, it is the leaves that are the key part of the plant that is needed to create the oil. Harvest commences in early bloom when plant is at flowering stage. This is when the menthol content is at its highest and is therefore the best time for distillation.
As is the usual case with steam distillation, the partially dried leaves are hand-loaded into stainless steel stills. When the still is full, a boiler creates steam from purified water that is gently funneled into the still.
Once the temperature gets close to 100oC, the vapour, which is now a mixture of steam and oil, rises up and passes through the condenser forcing it to cool suddenly, thus forming an oily water solution. A separation chamber then extracts the pure peppermint oil from the water.
The pure peppermint oil is then held for up to 12 hours while it cools and this allows any remaining water or contaminants to separate from the oil before it is placed in sealed aluminium storage containers ready for shipment.
The most coveted, most valuable (and thought to be the most therapeutic) oil is that which is collected during the first part of the distillation period. The resulting oil is called “first distilled.” This is the oil that we use in our products.
Our Commitment to Quality
Every batch of peppermint oil we receive is tested for purity and quality. Each batch of essential oil can differ, even from the same producer. Because essential oil is extracted from plants, it can be affected by many factors such as the weather, the seasons, and human error… a bit like fine wine.
This is why we carry out batch testing even if the batch is from the same supplier so we can guarantee consistent quality.
The farms we’ve chosen to work with consistently provide incredibly pure, high quality oils. We regularly review our producers with a stringent set of quality guidelines that we’ve developed in partnership with our industry experts and their 20+ years in the industry.
“Even an oil which is quite truthfully described as pure may be of poor quality, and therefore of less value therapeutically. IF AN ESSENTIAL OIL COSTS MUCH LESS THAN YOU WOULD NORMALLY EXPECT TO PAY FOR IT, the oil may well be a third or fourth distillate from a batch of plant material which has already yielded the greater part of its properties to the first or second distillation.”
Aromatherapy An A-Z, by Patricia Davis, 1988, reprinted 1994, Saffron Walden, The C.W. Daniel Company Ltd., England, pp. 278-280.
What We Mean by “Organic”
Our peppermint oil is certified organic by Australian Certified Organic (ACO). Certified organic essential oils are derived from plants that have been grown without the use of man-made fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides.
They were instead grown using ecosystem management methods to maintain the health of both plant and soil. There are no inputs such as genetic modification or irradiation. The benefits of organic agriculture include no pollution of the local air or groundwater and no toxic chemicals in the plant or its essential oil.
We make sure we harvest our oil while maintaining the viability of the local environment for future oil harvests.
How We Package Our Peppermint Oil
Our peppermint oil is fresh off the still and comes in a 10ML blue glass bottle and is sealed to protect the precious oil within. The bottle also comes with an orifice reducer built in so you can dispense the oil one drop at a time.
During the shipping process, special aluminium canisters prolong and protect the quality of the oil from light and temperature during transit from around the globe and we ensure a quick turnaround time from producer to bottle, with minimal shelf time to maintain quality and purity.
We typically recommend storing your oil at or below room temperature.
The Tests We Run on our Oils To Ensure Quality
All of our oil is constantly tested for purity. The testing provides us with key data about what constituent compounds are in the oils and at what volumes.
Gas Chromatography (GC)
Gas Chromatography (GC) describes the analytical separation technique used to analyze volatile substances in the gas phase. In GC, the components of a sample are dissolved in a solvent and vaporized in order to separate the analytes by distributing the sample between two phases: a stationary phase and a mobile phase. GC provides us key data about what compounds are in oils and how much of each component is present.
Mass Spectrometry (MS)
Mass Spectrometry (MS) is an analytical chemistry technique that identifies the amount and type of individual molecules present in a sample by measuring the mass-to-charge ratio. A mass spectrometer has three essential functions: Ion source, Mass analyzer and the Detector. The Ion source is where the sample is ionized. Once the sample is ionized, the mass analyzer sorts and separates the ions according to the mass and charge. Once the ions are separated and sorted then the separation is measured in the detector where a results chart is displayed.
Refractive Index (RI)
Refractive Index (RI) measures the speed at which light passes through an essential oil. A refractometer is the instrument used to measure the unique number, which is a combination of constituents each essential oil has, that designates how that oil responds and bends light. When an essential oil is adulterated the refractive index will be thrown off.
Peppermint essential oil generally has a chemical composition similar to the below:
A personal message from our founders
There’s nothing quite like the fresh invigorating feeling of being surrounded by organically grown peppermint plants.
We use peppermint every morning to ensure the day gets off to a good start with mental clarity from the get-go… although we do still throw in a cup of coffee for good measure!
I [Scott] emigrated to Australia and the uninvited creepy crawly guests we all get visiting our home, tend to be a bit bigger and meaner than what I was used to in the UK. I find regularly spraying with a peppermint oil infused solution seems to keep most at bay but I do keep it handy to scare off the occasional brave one from time to time.
I hope you find our peppermint oil as uplifting and invigorating as we do. I hope the fresh, menthol aroma clears your mind and awakens your senses when you need it the most.
Ultimately we believe that an oil, like the business that stands behind it, should be ethical and be exactly what it says on the tin. That’s why we only use the highest quality peppermint, with the highest quality extraction methods, and shipped with the highest quality packaging.
It’s also why you won’t see us throwing around buzzwords that don’t mean anything, like “therapeutic grade” or “clinical grade.” When we describe our oils, we mean what we say.
We believe that the more you know about essential oils in general, the more likely you’ll want to become a part of the Sacred Soul community.
If for any reason you’re unsatisfied with our oil, I want to personally invite you to email me and let me know. I’ll be happy to refund your money within the first 30 days of your purchase.
I’m betting my business on the fact that you’ll be blown away by the quality and aroma of our organic peppermint oil.
Either way, thanks for stopping by our site and checking us out. We hope every interaction you have with us, in person, or online is positive and memorable. Feel free to drop us a note on our contact page if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback for us.
Scott Pittman & Kristan Markham
Sacred Soul Holistics