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  • The botanical name of peppermint is Mentha piperita and it belongs to the Lamiaceae family.
  • The part of peppermint that is used medicinally is the aerial part, which contains volatile oils (menthol, pulegone, cineole), bitter principles and tannins.
  • Peppermint oil is obtained from the leaves of the perennial herb, Mentha piperita L. and M. arvensis var. piperascens a member of the Labiatae family.
  • Peppermint oil is extracted from the whole plant above ground just before flowering. The oil is extracted by steam distillation from the fresh or partly dried plant and the yield is 0.1 - 1.0 %.
  • Steam distillation is used in the extraction of Essential Oil from the plant material. It is a special type of distillation or a separation process for temperature sensitive materials like oils, resins, hydrocarbons, etc. which are insoluble in water and may decompose at their boiling point
  • India is world’s largest producer and exporter of mint oil. Mint oil and its constituents and derivatives are used in food, pharmaceutical and perfumery and flavouring industry.
  • Menthol is the main constituent of mentha oil and slow cooling through refrigeration, crystallization, centrifugation and drying is done to obtain it. It is used in the manufacture of lozenges, toothpastes, pain balms, cold balms etc.
  • Peppermint Oil is used to cure indigestion, headaches, colic, gingivitis, irritable bowel syndrome, spasms and rheumatism. It is also used in the manufacture of Mint sweets and chocolates.

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