SCIENTIFIC NAME: Mentha piperita
BOTANICAL FAMILY: Lamiaceae
PLANT PART USED: Leaves and stems
EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam distilled
Peppermint oil is one of the most versatile essential oils out there. It can be used aromatically, topically and internally to address a number of health concerns, from muscles aches and seasonal allergy symptoms to low energy and digestive complaints. It’s also commonly used to boost energy levels and improve both skin and hair health.
Peppermint essential oil has an invigorating aroma that can help create a focused environment when diffused and can create a cooling sensation when applied topically, especially after physical activity.
The herb peppermint, a natural cross between two types of mint (water mint and spearmint), grows throughout Europe and North America.
Both peppermint leaves and the essential oil from peppermint have been used for health purposes. Peppermint oil is the essential oil taken from the flowering parts and leaves of the peppermint plant. (Essential oils are very concentrated oils containing substances that give a plant its characteristic odour or flavour.)
Peppermint is a common flavouring agent in foods and beverages, and peppermint oil is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.
You can find peppermint in several forms like pure peppermint essential oil (which is highly concentrated), peppermint extracts (which are much less concentrated) and enteric-coated capsules (which contain a small amount of peppermint oil in a special coating)
Some people use peppermint essential oil in aromatherapy, applying diluted peppermint oil to the skin in a carrier oil or inhaling it through steam or a diffuser. Food and drink manufacturers also use very small amounts of peppermint extract to add flavour to products.
Peppermint oil is the pure essential oil derived from peppermint leaves. Peppermint extract is a mixture of peppermint essential oils and alcohol. Peppermint oil is quite strong, so you need to dilute it for most uses. The oil is about four times as strong as the extract.
Not only is peppermint oil one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, but other historical accounts date its use to ancient Japanese and Chinese folk medicine. It’s also mentioned in Greek mythology when the nymph Mentha (or Minthe) was transformed into a sweet-smelling herb by Pluto, who had fallen in love with her and wanted people to appreciate her for years to come.
The many peppermint oil uses have been documented back to 1000 B.C. and have been found in several Egyptian pyramids.
Today, peppermint oil is recommended for its anti-nausea impacts and soothing effects on the gastric lining and colon. It’s also valued for its cooling effects and helps relieve sore muscles when used topically.
Peppermint essential oil blends well with Oregano, Marjoram, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, and Melaleuca (Tea Tree oil) essential oils for diffusion.
Some of the many uses and benefits of peppermint oil include:
· Relieves Muscle and Joint Pain
· Sinus Care and Respiratory Aid
· Seasonal Allergy Relief
· Increases Energy and Improves Exercise Performance
· Alleviates Headaches
· Improves IBS Symptoms
· Freshens Breath and Supports Oral Health
· Promotes Hair Growth and Reduces Dandruff
· Relieves Itchiness
· Repels Bugs Naturally
· Reduces Nausea
· Improves Colic Symptoms
· Boosts Skin Health
· Sunburn Protection and Relief
In short Peppermint Essential Oil is anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antiparasitic (worms), antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pail relieving and curbs appetite.
Other benefits by using Peppermint essential oil in your daily life’s include:
· When diffused, Peppermint Essential Oil can boost energy, clear the respiratory tract, stimulate circulation, alleviate feelings of nervous tension and stress, and soothe feelings of irritability.
· In a massage, Peppermint Essential Oil relieves fatigue, muscle spasms, muscle tension, flatulence, and fever. It is known to disinfect and soothe inflamed skin.
· In a bath, Peppermint Essential Oil boosts circulation, releases the feeling of tiredness, and soothes itchy skin.
· In cosmetics, Peppermint Essential Oil brightens, clears, and tones the skin, hydrates a dry scalp, and promotes hair health and growth.
Some examples of more uses for Peppermint essential oil.
· Diffuse Peppermint while working or around kids while doing their homework for an environment that is focused and energized.
· Add Peppermint to hot bathwater and enjoy the revitalizing scent and soothing aromatic steam.
· Inhale or apply it to your chest before and during a tough workout for a stimulating scent.
· Apply it topically to fatigued areas following physical activity for a cooling sensation.
· Put focus first on study areas with this crisp, cool aroma.
· Wake up shared family spaces first thing in the morning by infusing them with this icy scent.
· Refresh your cooldown space after a vigorous workout with its chilling fragrance.
Peppermint essential oil also helps to naturally repel pest. You can make your own bug spray and spray it around your home's entry points, as it can help keep away ticks, spiders, roaches, moths, flies, fleas, beetles, and ants. Using sachets of this oil near your doors and windows also helps keep them out. The scent may also help keep mice away. Look for 100-percent pure peppermint oil with no additives. I only use Young Living Essential Oils and make my bottle full every second day. I use to battle a lot with spiders, moths, flies and mosquitos, and since I started spraying my bug spray around the house my life and nerves have improved a lot.
Peppermint Essential Oil is an eminent and versatile oil that can be used on almost any part of the body for almost any ailment. The positive effects of Peppermint Oil are powerful and have beneficial impacts on interconnected body systems. It is famed for its ability to reduce pain and to stimulate, invigorate, energize, and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. It can be used in numerous body care products ranging from skin and hair care to emotional care through aromatherapy.
Take caution when using Peppermint Essential oil by avoiding contact with the eyes, mucus membranes, sensitive skin, fresh wounds or burns. Do not apply on infants younger than 18 months of age. If you have never used essential oils or are new to Peppermint Essential Oil, always do a patch test before using the oil.