Peppermint is the most important member of the Mint family, cultivated for years as the source of the well-known volatile Peppermint Oil. Among essential oils, Peppermint Oil is by far the most important. The main constituent of Peppermint Oil is Menthol, but it also contains other components like menthyl acetate, isovalerate, menthone, cineol, inactive pinene, limonene.
The Peppermint Oil has a very strong odor and a burning taste. It stimulates both hot and cold reactions in nerve endings. The brain registers these sensations at the same time. The contrast between the two messages makes these sensations much stronger than they really are.