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Cornmint Essential Oil

Mentha Arvensis

Best know by its botanical name Mentha Arvensis, it is also known as corn mint, field mint or wild mint and is native to the central part of the United States. The scent of this wild mint is very strong and is often used in the same way as Peppermint Essential Oil.

Blending: Cornmint essential oil blends well with tea tree, cypress, grapefruit, lavender, juniper, marjoram, rosemary, basil, and lemon essential oils for use in a diffuser.

Known Uses

Mentha Arvensis (Cornmint) is energizing and uplifting. It is beneficial to the nervous system due to its antispasmodic and anesthetic properties. It is known to relieve headaches, dizziness, nausea and flatulence. Cornmint Essential Oil also acts as an expectorant making it useful in alleviating coughs, sore throat and fever by reducing respiratory inflammation.

Cornmint Essential Oil is used to flavor toothpastes, mouthwashes and pharmaceuticals. It has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties that can be used as a remedy for swollen gums, mouth ulcers and toothache. It is known to relieve arthritis and joint pain as well as menstrual cramps and stomachaches when rubbed on the problematic area. Mentha Arvensis Essential Oil is used to treat various skin problems like acne, ulcers and boils. It must be diluted with a carrier oil for direct skin contact.

History

Mint plants have been used for medicinal use for approximately 2000 years. In antiquity, it is believed that mint was first cultivated in Europe where it was used to treat flatulence, digestive problems, gall bladder problems and coughs. The Aztecs used mint similarly, as well as for curing insomnia. Japan started cultivating mint plants for commercial purposes in the late nineteenth century. China and Japan both used mint for various medicinal purposes. Later mint was introduced to India where it is known as Pudina. Nowadays it is used in food, drinks, cough medicines, creams and even in cigarettes. 

Warning

Pregnant women should avoid Cornmint Essential Oil. Do not apply to or near the face or eyes of infants or children. Not suitable for treatment of gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Cornmint Oil may increase the production of bile by the liver. Be sure to dilute with a carrier oil for direct skin contact.ments section below.

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