A better-priced mint than mentha piperta (peppermint supreme)
Whenever highly concentrated menthol is used, one must consider that menthol is toxic to infants; there are rumors that it can induce apnoea
The oil of this so-called
Japanese peppermint is often attributed with an incredible wealth of useful medical properties; it is even more incredible, though, that it never failed to help a number of different inconvenient conditions like nausea, mild stomach upset or cold.
Cautions - May interfere with iron absorption. Oil is toxic if taken internally in large doses and we strongly discourage internal use may cause dermatitis. Menthol, the major chemical component of peppermint oil, may cause allergic reactions. Avoid prolonged use of the essential oil as an inhalant. Mint should not be given to children for more than a week at a time without a break. Do not give any form of mint directly to young babies. Peppermint can reduce milk flow; take internally with caution if breastfeeding. Check with the pediatrician before giving peppermint to a child.
Essential oils, including peppermint, are powerful natural insecticides, killing and repelling fleas, mosquitoes, ants and other bugs in your home and garden without toxic chemicals. Insect Repellent Recipe: Fill a 4-ounce spray bottle with 1/2 water and witch hazel. To this add 120 drops Rose Geranium, 80 drops Lemongrass and 20 drops Peppermint. Shake well and apply. You can spray this on the outside of your clothing if you like, and of course, directly on your skin. For children under 12, be sure to substitute Spearmint for Peppermint, as the Peppermint can be too intense for the young ones. You can make precisely the same recipe in a lotion too: we like to use our unscented lotion base with SPF.