Piperitone is a ketone as found in dill, spearmint, cornmint, calamint, catnip, peppermint, and certain eucalyptus species.
Many ketones can be toxic internally and topically. Some can be convulsant, toxic to the liver, or neurotoxic in high doses. Do not overuse or use for prolonged periods of time.
Links to Plants Containing Piperitone
The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each article/study. This compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are adequate results to demonstrate safe and/or effective human use of any herb listed.
- Piperitenone oxide from spearmint was found to be highly toxic and repellent toward the malarial vector A. stephensi. From: Tripathi, A. K., Prajapati, V., Ahmad, A., Aggarwal, K. K., & Khanuja, S. P. (2004). Piperitenone oxide as toxic, repellent, and reproduction retardant toward malarial vector Anopheles stephensi (Diptera: Anophelinae). Journal of medical entomology, 41(4), 691-698.
- Spearmint and dill were effective against the bacteria against Enterobacter cloacae with carvone and piperitone being active constituents. From: Rafii, F., & Shahverdi, A. R. (2006). Comparison of essential oils from three plants for enhancement of antimicrobial activity of nitrofurantoin against enterobacteria. Chemotherapy, 53(1), 21-25.
By: Kathy Sadowski