Cornmint has an ‘extra-strong’ mint aroma, which refreshes, cleanses and cools. Cornmint oil is invigorating and stimulating and can help to sharpen the mind.
Japanese mint, Field mint
Distillation of the fresh flowering herb
China, Japan, Europe
This rather fragile herb is one of many mint varieties. It grows to around 2 feet high and the essential oil is prolific in the leaf. The lance shaped leaves develop from whorls at the tops of the stems. Always check the Latin name when buying mint to ensure that the correct oil is purchased.
A pale yellow-green oil with a strongly penetrating grassy, minty, fresh aroma.
Used since ancient times for digestive problems of all varieties. Also for toothache, headache and cramp. In Chinese medicine it was used to treat earache, tumours and skin conditions.
Blends well with
Other members of the Lamiaceae family, rosewood, sandalwood.
Cautions and comments
No known contra-indications. Because of the high menthol content the oil should not be used neat on the skin in case of reaction. Also, menthol can set solid. If this happens, warm the bottle gently in your hands.
Main chemical constituents
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.