The leaf of this plant contains a volatile oil that consists of up to 70% menthol and menthol esters. In addition to providing mint flavor to natural dental products, cough syrups and throat lozenges, peppermint extracts and tinctures lend that "icy hot" quality to a number of topical products, such as Ben Gay® and Vicks Vapo-Rub®.
|cosmetic||Infuse in oil or tincture in alcohol for use in cosmetics.|
|culinary||Use in tea blends.|
|household||Tincture or prepare as a strong infusion (tea) for use in natural household cleaning formulas.|
|industrial||Peppermint is a common flavoring agent and food additive.|