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INCI: Mentha arvensis
CAS: 68917-18-0
EINECS:  290-058-5
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Mentha arvensis (Lamiacee)

Origin: India

Originally from Europe and certain parts of Asia (China, Japan), field Mint now grows spontaneously all over North America.
It is a fragile herbaceous plant that grows to a height of sixty centimetres, with lanceolate leaves and flowers bunched in terminal sprigs.
Most field mint oil is produced in India, China and South America.


The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the whole plant while in flower, and is typically dementholized to avoid issues such as solidification. It is a transparent, near-colourless liquid with a penetrating, minty, grassy scent, similar to Peppermint. It combines well with Benzoin absolute oil and the essential oils of Buchu, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary and other Mint oils.

(according to
popular herbalist tradition)

Mint has a long tradition in herbal medicine, in the West as well as the East. Its medicinal properties are mentioned in Galen.

Essential oil of field mint is totally non-toxic and non-irritant (except in high concentrations). It has balsamic, anti-septic and analgesic properties.

It's used in formulations for mouthwashes, toothpastes, disinfectants, detergents and industrial fragrances.
Itís used as a flavouring agent in confectionery, liqueurs, soaps, perfumes and even chewing gum.
Its principal application is as a raw material for the isolation of natural menthol.

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