Mentha x Piperita
Peppermint oil is derived from the peppermint plant. The peppermint plant is actually a hybrid between the spearmint and watermint plant. Because peppermint is the mix of two mint, it contains a higher content of menthol (40% as opposed to 0.05%)
Uses: Peppermint oil is good for the hair and scalp. It helps with dryness, itching, and other scalp problems.
Benefits of Peppermint Oil:
- insecticidal and pesticidal
- analgesic and anesthetic
Some people have used this oil as a remedy for hair loss. The reason for this is the menthol in peppermint is a vasodilator, which improves blood flow. In many instances of male and female pattern baldness hair loss occurs due to starved blood flow to hair follicles.