Peppermint is an energizing oil with a penetrating, minty aroma. It helps to relieve fatigue and muscle pain. Use it in the daytime, as its energizing effect may keep you awake at night. Add to a massage blend for the digestive system. Excellent for refreshing tired head and feet. Sniff from bottle or one drop on handkerchief to revive during travel. Blended with Rosemary and Juniper it makes an excellent morning bath.
|County of Origin||USA|
|Therapeutic Properties||Analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, cephalic, decongestant, digestive stimulant, expectorant, febrifuge, immuno-stimulant, liver supporter|
|Approx. Shelf Life||5 years|
|Plant Parts||Flowering tops|
|Note Classification||Top | Middle|
|Method of Extraction||Steam Distilled|
|Blends well with||Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, Sandalwood|
History: Peppermint is a natural hybrid (mentha spicata-spearmint and mentha aquatica - watermint) which means that the seed is sterile. Record begins for this plant in the 1600's being used for indigestion, nausea, sore throat, and headaches. Mints have an ancient history of medicinal use but the oil itself may not have been used as a medicine before the 1600's.
Characteristics: A top note with a strong aroma, Peppermint has a sharp, penetrating scent based on its high menthol content. The minty sweetness of the vapor makes it one of the most popular Essential Oils.
Indications: Boosts the immune system and relieves exhaustion. It is better for irritable bowel syndrome as it relaxes intestinal muscles. Use in sunburn preventive oils and creams. Peppermint oil stops the burning and takes the heat out. It is ice in a bottle. In bath therapy the water will cool no matter how hot the water is, so best to do this in the summer.
Mode of Administration: Aroma lamp, bath, compress, diffusor, gargle, inhaler, light bulb ring, lotion, massage, mist spray, mouthwash, salve, steam inhalation, toothpaste.
Safety: Nontoxic, possible skin irritation, keep away from nostrils of infants as it may spasm the glottis, avoid in pregnancy and nursing, may antidote homeopathics.