InvestorQ : We hear about mentha oil in India. Can you throw some light on mentha oil?
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We hear about mentha oil in India. Can you throw some light on mentha oil?

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2 years ago


Mentha oil is one of the most liquid and most popular agri futures that are traded on the NCDEX and the MCX. Mentha oil is derived from distillation of the Japanese Mint leaf (Mentha Arvensis). Mentha oil is one of the basic ingredients for the production of Menthol. In India, Menthol is produced in two forms viz. Menthol crystals and Menthol flakes.

Menthol has a wide variety of applications across various industries. For example menthol crystals are basic ingredients for the manufacture of tooth paste, mouth fresheners, medicines, pain balm, confectionaries, cosmetics, as well as for the flavours and fragrances industry. Mentha oil being an agricultural commodity, it is essential to understand the cropping and sowing pattern of this plant. Each year, the sowing season for Mentha starts around the February-March period. The crop harvesting normally takes 90-100 days and therefore the actual harvesting of the crop is done in the months of May and June.