Corn Mint – Mentha arvensis
Europe and western/central Asia, Himalayas and eastern Siberia
Flowers and Leaves
Corn Mint, Field Mint, Wild Mint
Bitter-sweet menthol aroma
Blends Well With
Basil, Benzoin, Black Pepper, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Naiouli, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Tea Tree
The menthol content of Corn Mint is so high when distilled that the oil is usually solid. The oil is then partially “de-mentholized” or has some of the menthol removed to be liquid at room temperature. This process is usually done through freezing. Even the “de-mentholized oil is higher in menthol than Peppermint oil. Corn Mint’s odour, flavour, and therapeutic value are similar but not identical to Peppermint. It is useful in combating stomach ailments. Also regarded as an antispasmodic and anti-microbic agent. Useful flavouring or scenting agent in foods, beverages, skin and hair care products (where it has a cooling effect by constricting capillaries and helping with bruises and sore joints), as well as soaps and candles. This is largely due to its menthol content – typically 60 – 85%.
Diluted to 1% or less in a carrier oil and blended with a cream it can reduce the irritation caused by sunburn and ease the redness of inflamed skin as well as reducing itchiness.
Useful in a foot bath (not more than 3 drops) to cool and deodorise feet.
Refreshes the mind and boosts concentration. It can ease headaches, cool and calm anger and hysteria
Corn Mint oil should be avoided late at night and by insomniacs. Avoid with the use of cardiac stabilizing medications, including quinidine. Avoid use with children under 6 years of age. Avoid if suffering from liver damage, gallbladder inflammation and gallstones. Avoid with cholestasis, cardiac fibrillation and G6PD deficiency. Topically, Corn Mint essential oil is considered a moderate dermal irritant unless well diluted.
Menthol, (60-85% until de-mentholized – then typically 37-45%), Menthone, Isomenthone, Neomenthol, Limonene, Methyl Acetate, Piperitone, β-Caryophyllene, a-Pinene, β-Pinene, Tannins and Flavonoids
- Essential oils can be powerful so to avoid all risks do not use during pregnancy.
- Keep away from clothing or articles which may be affected by oil-based products.
- Use sparingly and no more than 4 times per day.
- Gluten, peanut and dairy free.
- Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
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