Cornmint (Wild Mint) Essential Oil (Mentha arvensis)


Cornmint may also be referred to as corn mint, field mint, or wild mint. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the leaves.


Steam Distilled Cornmint Essential Oil can contain up to 80% menthol. However, most Cornmint Oil has been fractionated (dementholized) to remove a large percentage of the menthol. The resulting dementholized oil, therefore, is not commonly used within holistic aromatherapy.Peppermint Essential Oilis preferred for aromatherapy applications.

Within fragrancing and soapmaking applications, however, Cornmint can be a practical substitute for Peppermint Essential Oil due to its lower cost.

Cornmint Essential Oil is sometimes passed off as Peppermint Oil, so it is important to be careful of where you procure your oil.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Cool Fresh Minty Strong

  • Common Name(s): corn mint, field mint, or wild mint
  • Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Mentha
  • Chemical Family: Monoterpenols
  • Major Compounds: Menthol, Menthone, Isomenthone, Limonene, Pinene
  • Perfumery Note: Top
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
  • Color: Clear
  • Indigenous Country: Nepal
  • Cultivation: Wild Harvested
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves
  • Shelf Life: 5-6 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Wild Harvested Wild Harvested
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Colds Indigestion

Other Uses for Cornmint:

Beverages Flavor Enhancer

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Cornmint:

Tisserand and Young indicate that it is contraindicated in instances of cardiac fibrillation and G6PD deficiency. They precaution against using it topically near the face of children and infants. Cornmint Oil may act as a choloretic. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 261.]

Safety Precautions for Cornmint:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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