Updated: Aug 7, 2018
Botanical Name: Mentha Piperita
There are such versatile uses for #peppermintessentialoil! Used for its powerful medicinal properties, this refreshing, invigorating and calming oil with its cooling, menthol aroma can be used to treat a plethora of ailments. Peppermint is one of the oldest herbs to be used historically and is widely used for culinary purposes around the world. The oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation from the leaves and topmost flowers of the plant. Peppermint is a hybrid from watermint and spearmint plants.
The benefits of this wonderful oil are that it is a natural anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and analgesic (pain reliever).
Here are just some of the many uses for this widely available and inexpensive essential oil:
A blend of Peppermint and Orange essential oil works effectively reduce a fever. A 1:1 blend of these two oils pre-blended and then diluted with a carrier oil to 2-3% is effective when applied along the spine from the base of the neck to the sacrum.
Coughs and Colds (Clearing Sinuses)
Steam inhalation or try blending with eucalyptus in a diffuser. This can really help with sinus problems and will soothe a sore throat. Peppermint oil's decongestant properties can help clear chest congestion.
Easing Muscle Tension / Tired Muscles
One of the most effective natural muscle relaxers and pain relievers - try a 2-3% dilution on aching muscles. Apply topically or add to baths for muscle relief.
Relieving Joint Pain
Massaging into the affected area will reduce intensity of the pain. By adding Lavender to the blend will work well to soothe and be anti-inflammatory for painful joints.
Headaches / Migraines
Add to a carrier oil and apply to forehead or temples for cooling pain relief.
Faintness / Dizzy Spells
Inhaling Peppermint oil (like a smelling salt),or diffused, to help open the circulatory system and boost oxygen intake to the brain and bloodstream can help when feeling faint or dizzy.
Inhaling peppermint oil is refreshing and a great 'pick me up' when feeling tired. Try diffusing for clearing the mind and improving low energy.
All sorts of digestion issues from constipation to IBS:
Enteric coated capsules with peppermint can help these conditions. However,
please seek professional advice if considering taking essential oils internally.
Peppermint or ginger tea is an age old remedy often used to treat nausea. Diffusing peppermint / inhalation can also bring relief.
Can help control excess oil secretions. Naturally anti-inflammatory, this oil will provide healing relief for acne. Remember not to get near your eyes, mouth or nose and dilute correctly. Place on a cotton pad and wipe the affected area.
Soothe Itching & Burns
The cooling analgesic properties work well to provide pain relief when applied topically. Excellent at reducing inflammation and cool down burning sensations.
Why not add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner to stimulate blood flow, awakening and invigorating the senses and as a bonus can also prevent dandruff and lice!
For focus, concentration and alertness
Add to a diffuser or apply a spritz on clothing for mental clarity.
Relieve and ease allergies
Can help relax the nasal passages and airways if you suffer with seasonal allergies by acting as an expectorant. Try diffusing peppermint or by applying a 2-3% dilution topically on the chest or back of the neck which can soothe and reduce symptoms.
This oil blends well with Lavender, Cedarwood, Rosemary, Niaouli, Mandarin, Pine and Cypress.
Essential Oils are natural but powerful
Avoid with epilepsy and pregnancy or if using homeopathic remedies. Not for children under the age of 3.
Do not forget to dilute essential oils with a suitable carrier oil! Best to try a small patch test on arm or leg to make sure you do not have an adverse reaction.
Finally, always make sure you buy from a reputable company, organically sourced. Ensure oils are 100% pure, unfiltered and free of chemicals and toxins. Ensure the botanical name (i.e Mentha Piperita) is on the bottle. If you see the word 'fragrance' on the bottle steer clear as this generally would mean there are other additives.