Menthae piperitae aetheroleum


This is a summary of the scientific conclusions reached by the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) on the medicinal uses of peppermint oil. The HMPC conclusions are taken into account by EU Member States when evaluating applications for the licensing of herbal medicines containing peppermint oil.

This summary is not intended to provide practical advice on how to use medicines containing peppermint oil. For practical information about using peppermint oil medicines, patients should read the package leaflet that comes with the medicine or contact their doctor or pharmacist.

Key facts

Latin name Menthae piperitae aetheroleum
English common name Peppermint oil
Botanical name Mentha x piperita L.
Therapeutic area
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Skin disorders and minor wounds
  • Cough and cold
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
F: Assessment finalised
Date added to the inventory
Date added to priority list
Outcome of European assessment
  • European Union herbal monograph
  • European Union list entry
Additional information



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