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Botanical Name: Mentha arvensis

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Origin: India

Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Characteristics: Cornmint, Mentha arvensis –is a cultivated and wild crafted hardy mint that looks similar to other mints. It can be steam distilled to produce a pale mobile liquid with a pleasant, sweet minty aroma that can have metallic and fishy undertones. Most commercially produced Cornmint comes from China and India and is de-mentholized because pure menthol is removed and treated as a publicly traded commodity. Speculation has historically made the price move from one extreme to the other; obscenely high and punishingly low. Menthol is a stable chemical and suitable to long term storage and is not subject to the tariff on pure mint. Even the Cornmint that supposedly has the menthol removed is not truly menthol free but tends to retain about 40 percent menthol. That is as high as normal peppermint. Crude Cornmint as it comes from the still has sometimes as much as 80 percent menthol. That high menthol content is problematic because in colder climates it is prone to crystallization. Anyone buying menthol north of zone 6B should not buy crude Cornmint for this reason. It simple does not store well with such a high menthol content.

In many situations Cornmint can be a suitable substitute for peppermint. Some aroma therapy manuals treat Cornmint like a dangerous stepchild but in blends the reputation as abortive is vastly overstated. It would be safe to use Cornmint in blends that are prescribed in diluted form in gentle carriers. It is excellent oil for opening airways, and helping with congestion. It is often half the price of peppermint except for the Cadillac of Cornmint from the Indian highlands and from Nepal. Even that material is quite reasonable.

Please Note: The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary form of healthcare.

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1 oz, 4 oz, 1 lb, 1 kg


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