Peppermint oil is both cooling and refreshing on the skin. The most popular use of this essential oil is as a remedy for digestive upsets and it is very beneficial to the stomach, liver and intestines (intestinal antiseptic), making it good to use when dealing with colic, diarrhea, indigestion, vomiting and stomach pains.
When fighting colds or the flu, peppermint is effective when mixed with Lavender, Eucalyptus or Tea Tree. The mixture will help to clear sinuses (expectorant), calm any stomach upsets or head aches and help the body’s immune system fight off infection more effectively.
Peppermint oil has also been shown to be effective for IBS with constipation.
It’s mildly antiseptic capabilities help to control the proliferation of bacteria on the surface of the skin. As a double benefit, this can also help to stimulate the brain (like Rosemary & Basil) and clear the head and increase mental focus.
Of course, most critters (bugs, mice, spiders, ants) really hate the strong smell emitted by this plant, so to discourage them from invading your space, keep Peppermint around (sprinkle a few drops on areas they frequent and watch them vacate in a hurry). More on Peppermint see blog post on natural creepy crawler’s defense
Botanical Name: Mentha Piperita
Plant Part: Herb
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Description / Color / Consistency: A thin, colorless to pale yellow liquid.
Properties: Analgesic, Anti-neuralgic, Anti-parasitic, Decongestant, Digestive, Expectorant, Insecticidal and Stimulant
Ways to use:
Diffuser: Use with aroma diffuser at home or workplace to provide stimulating atmosphere. It blends well with other essential oils.
Foot Soak: to relieve tired and swollen feet add 3 drops peppermint to a bowl of water. Soak for 10 minutes.
Stress Relief: Use 1 drop peppermint and 6 drops lavender mix with sweet almond oil, gently massage into the temples, avoiding the eye area.
Massage: The cooling effects of peppermint are highly effective when combined with eucalyptus. Mix together 4 drops of each into 1oz unscented massage oil.
Precautions: Peppermint is highly stimulating and should not be used in concentration higher than 2%. Use for inhalation only to help with nausea.
Avoid in cardiac fibrillation.
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