This section is from the "A Handbook of Useful Drugs" book, by State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards.
The dried leaves and flowering tops of Mentha piperita.
A volatile oil distilled from the fresh or partly dried leaves and flowering tops of peppermint
Properties : Oil of peppermint occurs as a colorless liquid, with the characteristic peppermint odor and a strongly aromatic, pungent taste, followed by a sensation of cold when air is drawn into the mouth.
Action and Uses: Oil of peppermint is used as an aromatic stimulant and carminative.
Dosage: 0.2 c.c. or 3 minims.
One hundred c.c. contain 10 c.c. oil of peppermint in alcohol, colored with the chlorophyl extracted from peppermint.
Action and Uses: See the oil.
Dosage: 2 c.c. or 30 minims.
A saturated solution of oil of peppermint in distilled water.
Action and Uses: Peppermint water is frequently used as a vehicle or flavoring.
Dosage: 16 c.c. or 4 fluidrams.