Artists often use essential oils to retard fermentation and mold growth in mixed paints and inks, and to keep some oil-based paints from drying out too fast, and to cover the ‘eggy’ odor of egg tempera. Essential oils are extracted from plants by steam or cold-pressed to obtain the strongest scent. Our oils are bottled in little amber-colored ¼ dram glass bottles. A small pipette is provided with the bottles for adding 1 or 2 drops of oil to mixed paints or inks. There are approximately 36 – 38 drops of oil in each little bottle. A Sampler Set of all 8 scents is packaged in 5/16 dram vials.
SAFETYConcentrated essential oils will irritate eyes or mucous membranes. Keep out of reach of children and pets. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before handling volatile oils. These oils are not for food or on skin, since we have no control over how they were processed.
PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
Peppermint is a hybrid species of spearmint and water mint (Mentha aquatica). The oils are gathered by steam distillation of the fresh leaves. Willamette Valley peppermint oil is cooling, comforting, and smells a bit greener than regular peppermint.
Peppermint oil has been documented back to 1,000 BC and has been noted in ancient Chinese and Japanese folk medicine, and used in ancient Rome and Egypt. Various other cultures have used this oil not only for its minty fragrance, but also to symbolize hospitality.
In Greek mythology the nymph Mentha was transformed into an herb by a love-lorn Pluto who wanted people to appreciate her for years to come.
Peppermint oil is often used in aromatherapy, which is effective in relieving anxiety and pain, as well as improving memory and raising alertness.