Mentha arvensis L.
Common Name : Japanese Mint or Cornmint
Botanical Name : Mentha arvensis L.
Source : Cultivated
Method of extraction: This oil is obtained by steam distillation of the aerial part of Mentha arvensis L.
Appearance : Slightly thick liquid.
Color :Pale yellow.
Aroma :Strong, fresh and somewhat bitter-sweet.
Specific gravity : 0.8940 to 0.9015 at 25º C
Optical rotation : [-] 15.5º to [-] 45.0º at 25º C
Refractive index : 1.4590 to 1.4750 at 25º C
Acid number : 0.3 to 5
Ester number : 210 to 255
Ester number after acetylation : 70-88%
Solubility : Soluble in 1.2 to 2.5 vol. of 70% alcohol.
a) In the isolation of menthol crystals, in flavoring toothpastes, mouthwashes and pharmaceuticals
b) Medicinal & Aromatherapy use: Oil is good for the nervous system, acting as a regulator and sedative: Menthol is well known as a cardiac tonic in pharmaceutical preparations. It is a good blood cleanser. Because it is antiseptic and anti-bacterial, it can be used in swollen gums, mouth wash or mouth ulcers, toothache.