Peppermint

Mentha piperata

Peppermint essential oil is usually a pale yellow oil with a strong, fresh deeply minty and slightly sweet fragrance. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years, especially for its digestive properties for which it is best known.

Peppermint oil is an excellent aid for digestion. It has calming and antispasmodic properties making it very helpful for colic, indigestion, stomach pain and cramps, gas, nausea and even motion sickness. Dilute one drop in 5ml of carrier oil such as sesame or grape seed oil and massage clockwise into the abdomen for relief of spasms, cramps and indigestion. It is helpful for the pain and discomfort of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which so many people struggle with.

Used in conjunction with Lavender and Marjoram, Peppermint essential oil is a really helpful remedy for fever and headaches associated with colds and flu. It is beneficial for sinus congestion, infection and inflammation and recommended to use right in the beginning or onset of a cold to help alleviate the symptoms. Add two or three drops of Peppermint oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil, then add to a morning bath. The reason you add it to a carrier is to avoid any irritation to the skin and the reason you add it to a morning bath is because of the stimulating effect it has on the brain – you will struggle to sleep if you use it in the evening. A drop of Peppermint oil in a basin of hot water can be used as an inhalation to clear nasal passages, sinuses and respiratory tract. It has antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties and will also help your immune system fight off invading pathogens.

Cold compresses of Peppermint and Lavender applied to the forehead and temples will help relieve headaches. A drop or two of Peppermint oil on a tissue for inhalation could also help relieve a headache and alleviate nausea. If you’re needing to concentrate, have a long day or a long drive ahead of you, inhaling Peppermint oil from a tissue will be your friend!

The antiseptic properties of Peppermint make it very useful in dental care. It will help eliminate bad breath, and fight hazardous germs that affect teeth and gums. Never use the oil neat in your mouth. Add one drop to a tablespoon of coconut oil, blend it well, then swish it around your mouth for as long as you can. Doing this regularly may also help relieve toothache and prevent cavities getting worse until you can get to a dentist.

It is a handy household oil as mice, rats, ants and cockroaches do not like Peppermint oil. It’s an excellent alternative to using poisons in the house. Add some Peppermint oil and Eucalyptus oil to some water in a spray bottle and spray the problem areas around the home.

Remember always to do a skin patch test before using any essential oil to determine sensitivity to the oil. If in doubt, consult a qualified aromatherapist with your questions or speak to your healthcare provider before using it for therapeutic benefits.

Peppermint should not be used if any homeopathic remedies are being taken and should also be stored away from any such remedies.

Peppermint oil should also be avoided during pregnancy and by breastfeeding moms as it could discourage the flow of milk. It is not recommended for use on children.

Peppermint blends well with Bergamot, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Pine and Rosemary