BACKGROUND

A perennial herb, also known as apple mint, with woody rhizome, erect stem ascending, rough leaves, ovate or sub rotonde on the underside. It smells slightly minty, sweet but decisive. This herb was often found growing in the ruins of old monasteries. The monks considered it as a way to refresh the brain and used it for curing epileptic fits. Greeks used apple mint to clean their banqueting tables and also added it to their baths to rejuvenate their bodies. Moreover, it was traditionally used as antiseptic, febrifuge , anti-fermentative, digestive, analgesic, carminative . The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowering parts.





REFERENCES
1) Donatella Pietrella et al., Beneficial effect of Mentha suaveolens essential oil in the treatment of vaginal candidiasis assessed by real-time monitoring of infection. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011, 11:18
2) Annarita Stringaro et al., Effects of Mentha suaveolens Essential Oil Alone or in Combination with Other Drugs in Candida albicans. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2014, Article ID 125904, 9 pages
3) Mijat Boûovi? et al., Mentha suaveolens Ehrh. (Lamiaceae) Essential Oil and Its Main Constituent Piperitenone Oxide: Biological Activities and Chemistry. Molecules 2015, 20, 8605-8633

COSMETIC PROPERTIES

Several studies report that Mentha suaveolens essential oil shows a remarkable activity towards Candida A. thanks to the presence of piperitone oxide, the main constituent of this Sicilian variety. In particular, the oil alters the structure of the cell membrane of the yeast. This feature makes the oil ideal for formulations aimed at intimate hygiene. Moreover, the oil counteracts the redox processes of Herpes Simplex 1, and consequently, it can be used in cosmetic formulations to protect lips.

CHEMOTYPE - ACTIVE COMPOUND: Piperitone oxide



APPLICATIONS

  • Intimate care
  • Skin care
  • Lip care
Recommended dose: 0,01 ñ 0,3%






4) H. Oumzil et al., Antibacterial and Antifungal Activity of Essential Oils of Mentha suaveolens. Phytother. Res. 16, 727-731 (2002)
5) Civitelli L et al., In vitro inhibition of herpes simplex virus type 1 replication by Mentha suaveolens essential oil and its main component piperitenone oxide. Phytomedicine. 2014 May 15;21(6)
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