A favourite for varying concerns, peppermint oil is steam distilled from the flowering herb.
Peppermint is grown worldwide and has been cultivated for centuries, by many different peoples and cultures.
Scent it has a minty and sharp smell.
Body systems affected: digestive system muscles and bones, nervous system and skin.
Alertness/endurance: drop, 3-4 drops of peppermint on the shower floor when showering in the morning to help invigorate. Inhale the aroma of peppermint while driving to help stay alert.
Allergies: blend 2 drops each of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint oil in 1 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil and apply a small amount onto the temples, under the nose, and on the bottoms of the feet, morning and evening when dealing with seasonal allergies.
Cooling: blend 2 drops of Peppermint with 2 drops of Eucalyptus in a bowl of cool water. Moisten a washcloth with water and use to sponge the forehead, back of the neck and feet.
Headache: Apply 1 drop each of Lavender, Peppermint and Frankincense, to the forehead and back of the neck.
Nausea: Inhale the aroma of Peppermint oil directly from the bottle.
Congestion: Drop 2 drops of Eucalyptus and 1 drop of Peppermint on the floor of the shower while showering, and inhale
Common primary uses: alertness, antioxidant, asthma, autism, bacterial infections, bell’s palsy, brain injury, chronic fatigue, cold sores, colon polyps, congestion, constipation, cooling (body), cramps/Charley horses, Crohn’s disease, diarrhoea, dysmenorrhea, endurance, fainting, fever, flu (influenza), gamma radiation exposure, gastritis, halitosis, headaches, heartburn, heatstroke, hernia (Hiatal), herpes simplex, hives, hot flashes, Huntington’s Disease, hypothyroidism, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, itching, jetlag, lactation (decrease milk production), memory, migraines, motion sickness, MRSA, multiple sclerosis, muscle aches, muscle fatigue, myelin sheath, nausea, olfactory loss (sense of smell), osteoporosis, paralysis, rhinitis, scabies, shock, sinusitis, surgical wounds, swollen eyes, tennis elbow, throat infection, typhoid, ulcer (gastric), varicose veins, vomiting.
Common Application Methods:
Can be applied neat (with no dilution) or dilute 1:1 (1 drop of essential oil to 1 drop of carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin when using topically. Apply directly on the area of concern or to reflex points
Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Place 1-2 drops under the tongue or in a beverage. Take in capsules. Use as a flavouring in cooking.
Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral and reinvigorating.
Historical Uses: For centuries, peppermint has been used to soothe digestive difficulties, freshen breath, and to relieve colic, gas, headaches, heartburn, and indigestion.
Other Possible Uses: This oil may help anger, arthritis, colic, depression, fatigue, food poisoning, hysteria, inflammation, liver problems, nerves (regenerative and support), rheumatism, seizures, elevate and open sensory system, soothe and cool skin (may help keep the body cooler on hot days), toothache, tuberculosis, and add to flavour water.
Aromatic Influence: It is purifying and stimulating to the conscious mind, and may aid with memory and mental performance. It is cooling and may help reduce fevers.
Blends With: Basil, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cypress, Dill, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, Spearmint, Tea Tree.
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