• Courtney Roberson

How can peppermint oil extract make you feel better?

The peppermint plant is one of the most widely recognized plants in the world. With more than 600 varieties, each has its own distinct flavor. Peppermint is a cross between spearmint and water mint, with its main compounds being menthol and menthone. Both of these compounds have been vetted as anti-inflammatory agents and one of the reasons Co-pothecary embraces this essential oil in their balms.

According to, the medicinal properties of peppermint, "are derived from the whole plant." Much like Cannabis Sativa, peppermint includes terpenes and other naturally occurring agents that not only give it the characteristic scent and taste but may mingle very well with your body.


Peppermint has a long lineage and can be traced back to Ancient Rome, Greece, and Egyptian civilizations. There is a pretty interesting Greek myth that tells the story of how peppermint came into existence:

Supposedly, the plant was named after the Greek nymph, Minthe. She was said to be the lover of Hades, the Greek God of the underworld. When Hades' wife, Persephone, heard about the affair, she murdered the alleged mistress in a fit of rage and jealousy. How did she murder her? By stepping on her with all her might. Love hath no fury like a woman scorned, am I right? However, Minthe survived the attack by turning into a mint plant. Every time Persephone stepped on her, the air was filled with the aroma of that pleasant, minty, scent.

For several thousand years, civilizations used peppermint as a multi-purpose remedy. Cheesemakers, during the middle ages, learned the strong smell of peppermint kept rats and mice away. In ancient Egyptian times, one of its many uses as a remedy for indigestion and has even been found in Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1000 BC.

Fast forward to the 1700s and we discover that peppermint has become 'big business.' JSTOR Daily cites advertisements during colonial times that indicated the new Americans were importing mint oil from Great Britain. (It was often used for medicinal purposes.) Over time, farmers in New York and New Jersey discovered they could grow mint themselves since it is, "easily cultivated in moist conditions." Peppermint eventually became a sustainable market in North America from around the 1800s onward.

Co-pothecary pairs peppermint essential oil with CBD in their peppermint balm because there is much evidence to support the benefits of peppermint oil. Several studies indicate peppermint's use in topicals for problems like muscle aches, joint pain, and itching are shown to be effective. A 2010 study found topical application of peppermint (or menthol) can be a "therapeutic option for the abortive treatment of migraines."

Western medicine has turned to peppermint for a variety of complaints. Whether it is cough drops or a chest rub, it most likely contains menthol; which is derived from what? Peppermint! When it comes to applying the essential oil topically, Co-pothecary surrounds this precious plant oil with additional organic products like coconut oil and full-spectrum CBD. When you want to feel comfortable, let a peppermint balm help you.