Benefits and Properties
of Peppermint Essential Oil

Botanical Name
Mentha piperita

Peppermint Is the main mint used in aromatherapy and also spearmint in herbal medicine of the many varieties of mint.

Family
Labiatae mint family

Place of Origin
Europe and Asia

There are many varieties of mint naturalized and grown commercially throughout the world
Mainly France, England, the United States, Russia, Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary, Morocco and China produce oil.


Plant Description
This herb can grow to 3 feet (1 meter) tall, has 3 inch strongly scented, toothed, dark green leaves that are often flushed with red with 1 to 3 inch spikes of small purple-pink flowers.

Essential Oil
The oil is steam distilled from the tops, leaves and the whole plant. It has a fresh minty with a camphor like scent, and can be clear, greenish, or pale yellow in color. To get one pound of essential oil you need about 1,100 pounds of plant material.
It is a middle-top note oil.

Some companies dilute peppermint with cornmint as it smells minty, but it lacks the therapeutic value, so be sure you are using a good quality oil that has a rich and full fragrance. Do not confuse the flavor of peppermint with the real peppermint essential oil.

Contains
Menthol, menthone, menthyl acetate, menthofuran, limonene, pulegone, cineol, piperiton, eucalyptol, thymol

Blends well with
Lavender, bergamot, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon rosemary, pine, thyme, benzoin

Safety
Do not use in pregnancy, with babies or very young children.
Never use undiluted and dilute well.
Keep out of children’s reach, as the smell could make them think of candy.
Stimulant at bedtime.
Do not use with homeoeopathic rememedies, as it can antidote them.
Be sure and wash you hands after handling so that you don’t rub you eyes and get it in them.

Aproximate drops per use
Use about 1-2 drops in 1 ounce of carrier

Beneficial Effects – Physical
Asntiseptic, antispasmodic, expertorant, analgesic, anti-infammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, stomachic, astringent, febrifuge, cooling,

Specific Conditions – Physical
Headache, shock, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, digestive problems, colds and flu, flatulence, sinus infection, muscle pain, sore throat, stomach-ache,

Beneficial Effects – Mental
Refreshing, invigorating

Specific Conditions – Mental
Stress, poor memory, poor concentration, mental fatigue, fuzzy thinking,

This oil is a great first-aid remedy, and one you will use a lot. Use it to treat your digestive, respiratory, and nervous systems. You can use it for an insect, fly and ant repellant. Use it to make your own mouthwash, just add a few drops to some water and use. You will find lots of way to use this oil.

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Peppermint works great for any kind of shock or stress, (accidents, arguments, work) keep it in your purse or car glovebox. It can help you calm right down and handle any situation. It will help you overcome dizziness, weakness, and rapid heartbeat. Just put some on a cotton ball (or right from the bottle) and inhale.

If you have a stressful job, get one of those aromatherapy necklaces and keep peppermint in it, when you start feeling stressed just open it up and inhale, it will help your day go a lot better.

Also use a standard dilution and massage into the neck, temples and forehead for headache (and stress).

This oil works great in sports rubs for sore overworked muscles. Use it in a standard dilution with a carrier oil or make a standard salve with infused oil of cayenne and some birch oil.

Use it in a foot bath for rejuvenating your tired feet.

Diffuse the oil for coughs, asthma and bronchitis, or use in steam and inhale. It helps to control the cough and remove the mucus.

Having a hard time concentrating? Take a break, inhale some peppermint and come back thinking clearly.

Coming down with a cold or flu, reach for the peppermint essential oil. It kills germs, help to expel mucous, and stimulates the immune system , especially the lymphatic system. Add some tea tree and eucalyptus with the carrier and rub on your chest, back and throat, or add some to a warm bath (not more than 3 drops). Diffuse it in the room.

Use this oil to help bring down a fever.

Combine with lavender in steam to clear the nasal passage and sinuses.

I don’t recommend taking essential oils internally unless advised by your doctor but this oil is a powerful but gentle oil. If you have a stomach ache, motion sickness, or nausea, put one drop on the back of your hand and lick it off or put a drop on a sugar cube and eat it. It is a very small dose but is effective. You can use it even for children just use a little less. You can also use it well diluted as a massage on the stomach and abdomen in a clockwise direction.

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