part of plant used: 
botanical name: 
Mentha x piperata

The leaves of peppermint are a bit sweet, dry, pungent and warming; helping to relax, stimulate, disperse, restore and astringe. Medicinal actions of peppermint are: digestive, carminative, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic (promotes sweating), anti-emetic (stops vomiting), mild sedative, peripheral vasodilator. It works to activate enzymes and is rich in potassium and magnesium.

In my creams it reduces inflammation, brings warmth and circulation to the area and calms the tissue, thus promoting gentle repair. The essential oil brings increased anti-inflammatory action and pain relief.