Ah, mint. Who doesn’t love the comforting, yet refreshing aroma of mint?! So much value and history are attached to the mint essential oils family. Here, you will be learning about one of the less-spoken-about in the mint family, and that’s Cornmint Essential Oil.
Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of Cornmint before; not many have. However, you may have heard the common names for it. Cornmint is also known as field mint, wild mint, Chinese mint, Japanese mint, and American Cornmint.
Cornmint (Mentha arvensis) is only one out of the hundreds of plant species that belong to the mint family or genus Mentha L. (Lamiaceae). Some other species include Peppermint and Spearmint. Cornmint does share many similar characteristics and therapeutic properties with Peppermint, including the aroma.
Cornmint Essential Oil offers a strong, minty, warm, and herbaceous aroma while presenting a top fragrance note.
Quick History Lesson
In history, the Aztecs, Europeans, and Native Americans all traditionally used Cornmint. Also, many people in early Eastern and Chinese medicine used Cornmint to relieve headaches, toothaches, and indigestion, and to assist with the respiratory system. However, Peppermint is now one of the most recognized mint varieties today, making it more common in modern Aromatherapy.
Why Use Cornmint?
You can actually use Cornmint Essential Oil in place of Peppermint Essential Oil. Cornmint Essential Oil is known to promote energy as well as improve digestive and respiratory health. It’s amazing for those times when you just need a pick-me-up or need to soothe a headache; the warm, minty-sweet aroma can soothe your mood while balancing out thoughts and promoting positivity. Cornmint can even be a great addition to DIY cleaning recipes, as it offers antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
Recipes to start using Cornmint:
Queasy Tummy Blend
- 8 Drops Cornmint Essential Oil
- 4 Drops Ginger Root Essential Oil
- 3 Drops Fennel Seed Essential Oil
- 2 tsp of a favorite carrier oil (Fractionated Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil)
- Combine all ingredients into a 10ml roll-on bottle.
- Apply and massage into the abdomen area in a clockwise direction to relieve a queasy stomach.
So Minty Fresh and Clean Linen Spray
- 20 Drops Cornmint Essential Oil
- 15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 1 oz of Witch Hazel
- 1 tsp of Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Combine ingredients in a 4-oz glass spray bottle.
- Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water.
- Shake very well before each use. Spray all around the top of the bedding, pillows, and even couches for intensely fresh linens and a clean home.
Safety Tip: Due to a high menthol percentage, do not use Cornmint topically around the face for young children and infants.
Wow, Cornmint definitely has some amazing qualities and properties, doesn’t it. Guess what that means! It should now be a staple to your everyday natural wellness practices. 🙂
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- Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 261 – 262.
- Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, 2013, 139.
- Horváth, P., and J. Koščová. “In vitro Antibacterial Activity of Mentha Essential Oils Against Staphylococcus aureus.” Folia Veterinaria 61.3 (2017): 71-77.