Peppermint (Metha piperita) essential oil benefits
Peppermint is the most popular stimulating and refreshing essential oil. It can be inhaled to ease sinus congestion and when feeling sleepy or energy less. If applied topically, it has a relaxing effect on the stomach and relaxes tight muscles.
Peppermint oil is the most extensively used essential oil both medicinally and commercially, even more than Lavender. Thanks to its very strong antispasmodic properties are one of the most valuable natural tension pain reliever available to us. The cooling and refreshing aroma of Peppermint is perfect to create energetic and focused environments. Peppermint eases and controls very quickly muscle tension, abdomen spasm like IBS, cramping, headaches, and migraines, thanks to its high content of menthol. Indicated in case of apathy, shock, nervous stress, vertigo, and faintness. It is a great sinus and chest decongestant. Peppermint has an immediate cooling effect on the skin and stops redness, irritation, and itchiness.
Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation from the flowering tops
Origin: India, USA
Color: Pale yellow to golden yellow
Aroma: Fresh, very minty, hot, herbaceous
Blends well with: Basil, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Lemon, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Manuka, Marjoram, Pine, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Spearmint, Tea Tree
Therapeutic 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
HOW TO USE
As chest and sinus decongestant add 2-4 drops of Peppermint to hot water for steam inhalation 2-3 times a day.
Dilute 2-5 drops max every 5 ml of a carrier for muscle tension release massage or abdominal cramping.
5 drops to every 5 ml of carrier applied on pulse points to control travel sickness, headaches (on temples only avoiding getting to close to the eyes), and hangover.
Dilute 1% peppermint oil in case of skin irritation and itching (with water, gel, lotion) – do not increase dilution rate as irritation may get worse
Do not apply undiluted Peppermint topically and do not take it orally without the supervision of a professional Aromatherapist. Not suitable for children, during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding.