Then, the mint industry strayed away from its roots.
Gone are the days of simple farming & distilling. Most of those farms had to make way for highways, factories, shopping malls, (GMO) cash crops and housing. Mint has become monopolized, and very few independent farms exist anymore. Corporate brokers have a hold on the world’s mint oil production. Essential oils are picked apart, and the various chemical components – such as menthol and camphor – are sold to the cosmetic, confection and pharmaceutical industries. Often, they will synthetically reproduce the components they take out of the essential oil, and add it back in, to create a “pure oil.” There’s virtually no labeling restrictions, as mint is considered a flavor product, and only 51% of the oil has to be pure to be labelled so. These altered oils have a very limited shelf life and have the potential to cause allergies, adverse reactions and have lost most of their therapeutic benefits.
At Peppermint Jim’s and Crosby Mint Farms, we have been distilling oils since 1912 and we are proud to say that not a whole lot has changed in a century. We still grow, harvest, distill and bottle. When you buy our products, you know you are not only buying quality, but you are also supporting an American grown and made farming operation. We work hard to bring you the best mint essential oils, mint products and fresh mint. Because we work closely with Mother Nature, small difference in batches may occur, resulting in slight variations in scent, color and feel. This is due to rain, sunshine, temperatures and overall weather conditions, but does not affect the effectiveness of the oils.