Peppermint Essential Oil
Properties: Analgesic, anesthetic (topical), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, cordial, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge
Benefits: Acne, asthma, bronchitis, cholera, colds, cough, cramps, dermatitis, diarrhea, exhaustion, fainting, fever, flatulence, flu, gaseous indigestion and irritated colon, halitosis, headache, hysteria, indigestion, insect bites, kidney stones and gallstones, mental fatigue, migraine, motion sickness, mouth or gum infections, muscular pain, nausea, nerve pain, nervous disorders, neuralgia, palpitations, poor circulation, respiratory disorders, sinusitis, toothache, travel sickness, vertigo, vomiting. Diffusing peppermint into the air may help with many ailments, from headaches to an upset stomach.
Blends Well With: Basil, benzoin, black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, pine, ravensara, rosemary, tea tree.
Additional information: Mild climate stress in the growing conditions of the plant increases the oil content and sesquiterpene levels in the oil.
Here are some ways to you can use peppermint essential oil (remember it is always best to mix peppermint oil with other carrier oil such as Tamanu oil when using on skin - it is very strong):
- Add a drop of Peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.
- Massage several drops of Peppermint essential oil mixed with Tamanu oil on the area of injury to reduce inflammation.
- Rub several drops of Peppermint oil mixed some Tamanu oil on the bottoms of the feet to reduce fever.
- Inhale Peppermint oil before and during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
- Put one drop of peppermint in a glass of water to help with indigestion or upset stomach.
- Massage several drops of Peppermint oil mixed some seabuckthorn oil on the abdomen to relieve nausea.
- Place two drops of Peppermint oil mixed some seabuckthorn oil on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness and concentration.
- Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy. Inhale Peppermint essential oil while taking a test to improve recall.
- Place a drop of Peppermint oil mixed some seabuckthorn oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.
- To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place two drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place along the path or point of entry for these pests.
- Rub Peppermint oil mixed with Tamanu oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain.
- Place a drop of Peppermint oil in a glass of water and gargle to stop bad breath.
- Mix Peppermint oil in a footbath to relieve sore feet. Keep water agitated while soaking feet.