Peppermint is known as the Oil of a Buoyant Heart. This invigorating essential oil positively impacts body, mind, and spirit. Not only does Peppermint combat negative feelings of pessimism and despair, but it also promotes relief, optimism, and renewal. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Peppermint essential oil.
Peppermint comes from the Labiatae botanical family, which is the scientific, fancy word for mint. The primary chemical constituents found in peppermint leaves are phenolic alcohols and menthol, which contain antibacterial and invigorating properties. The extraction method for Peppermint essential oil involves the steam distillation of peppermint leaves. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.
Some of the primary uses for Peppermint essential oil include alertness, bacterial infections, chronic fatigue, congestions, cooling of the body, cramps, fever, flu, headaches, heartburn, hives, hot flashes, hypothyroidism, indigestion, itching, jet lag, memory, migraines, muscle fatigue, nausea, osteoporosis, sciatica, shock, swollen eyes, ulcers, and varicose veins.
Peppermint essential oil can be applied via all three application methods–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Peppermint essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Please note: for children and individuals with sensitive skin, dilute 1 drop of Peppermint with 1 drop of unfractionated coconut oil. Aromatic: Peppermint essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: add to a drink or take using a vegetable capsule! Additionally, Peppermint essential oil can be used in cooking. Tip: 1 drop of Peppermint essential oil = 1/8 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves.
- Do you easily get car sick? Inhale the aroma of Peppermint straight from the bottle, or rub on your temples and the back of your neck to relieve symptoms!
- Feeling congested? Rub Peppermint on your chest and/or the sides of your nose to open up airways!
- Need a quick breath freshener? Place 1 drop of Peppermint under your tongue, or add 1 drop to an 8-ounce glass of water for instant freshness!
- In need of a morning energy boost? Place 1-2 drops of Peppermint on your shower floor and breathe in the steam!
- Do you feel a tension headache coming on? Apply Peppermint to the temples, back of the neck, or reflex points for instant coolness!
- Experiencing indigestion? Rub a few drops of Peppermint over your abdomen for relief!
- Experiencing acid reflux or heartburn? Add 1 drop of Peppermint to an 8-ounce glass of water or take a veggie capsule with 1-2 drops!
- Are you dealing with spiders in your home or office? Place a few drops of Peppermint on cotton balls for a natural spider repellent!
- Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Peppermint and Grapefruit essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
- Struggling with seasonal allergies? Add 2 drops each of Peppermint, Lemon, and Lavender, to a veggie capsule to alleviate allergy symptoms!
Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Peppermint essential oil!
What are some of your favorite ways to use Peppermint essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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