Peppermint Yakima - Mentha piperita

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.  

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County of Origin USA
Botanical Family Lamiaceae
Therapeutic Properties Analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, cephalic, decongestant, digestive stimulant, expectorant, febrifuge, immuno-stimulant, liver supporter
Chemical Family Monoterpenols
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

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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.

Clinical Studies:

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.

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Subtle Aromatherapy:

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.

 

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2005
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopeadia Britannica. USA, 2014
Photos attribution – istock Photos
Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
        The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
        The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
        Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
 Information and statements regarding Kelley products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health condition or disease.  All information, content and product descriptions contained within this site is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.  Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
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    Peppermint Yakima  - Mentha piperita

    Peppermint Yakima - Mentha piperita

    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.  

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