Ingredient Name: Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita)
What is it? Peppermint essential oil is derived from the leaves of the peppermint plant through a process of steam distillation and is known for its cool, minty scent. The uses of peppermint have been traced back thousands of years to ancient Egypt, and it is still used today.Studies suggest that peppermint essential oil may be effective for sinus inflammation, upset stomachs, and headaches, and it is also used as for a powerful aromatherapy treatment.*
*= This information has not been approved by the FDA.
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