Peppermint essential oil has an interesting history. The Egyptians originally used peppermint to flavor wine and food. It was also historically said to be an aphrodisiac. According to Greek mythology the genus Mentha takes its name from the nymph Minthe, who was seduced by Pluto and turned into a plant by his jealous wife, who stomped Minthe into the ground. Pluto turned her into the herb, knowing that Minthe would then be appreciated by many people for thousands of years. Culpepper, the 17th century herbalist, said that peppermint was “the herb most useful for complaints of the stomach, such as wind and vomiting, for which there are few remedies of greater efficiency.”
The botanical name for peppermint essential oil is Mentha piperita, the botanical family is Lamiaceae (Labiatae) It is grown in France, USA, Australia and India, the aroma is fresh and minty and is steam distilled from the leaves.
Safety tips for peppermint essential oil:
Safety is an important aspect of aromatherapy. You want to have a positive experience using essential oils, so here are some important things to remember:
- Used in moderation, it is non-toxic, and non-irritating.
- Not recommended for children under 2.
- Not recommended for those who suffer from atrial fibrillation.
- Use cautiously with high blood pressure.
- Not recommended for use in conjunction with homeopathic remedies as it may neutralize the benefits.
Therapeutic properties of peppermint essential oil:
This is what the oil can do:
- Relieves pain.
- Destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria.
- Inhibits nausea or vomiting.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Relieves spasms.
- Inhibits or destroys viruses.
- Tightens tissues; reduces oil or secretions.
- Stimulates and clears the mind, relieves headaches.
- Increases bile production.
- Temporarily quickens a vital process or functional activity.
- Aids or balances digestion.
- Reduces nasal mucus productions.
- Promotes discharge of mucus or phlegm from chest and lungs.
- Reduces fever.
- Supportive to the liver.
- Destroys insects.
- Strengthening or calming to the nervous system.
- Narrows blood vessels.
How to use peppermint essential oil:
In the bath:
This helps with nausea, dyspepsia, abdominal cramps and flatulence. It also helps relieve skin that is red, irritated and itchy.
1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil.
1/4 cup unscented Dead Sea Salts, milk, powdered milk or coconut milk.
Mix together and swish in bath water and soak for 10-15 minutes.
This helps with colds, stuffy nose, sinusitis, coughing, fever, bronchitis, and asthma. It is also a mental and physical stimulant, helps with alertness, and it helps relieve headaches, nerves and stress.
Diffuse 10-12 drops for 15 minute intervals every 2 hours.
This helps with colds, stuffy nose, sinusitis, coughing, fever, bronchitis, and asthma. It is also a mental and physical stimulant, helps with alertness, and helps relieve headaches, nerves and stress.
Inhale 3-4 times a day from the bottle lid.
Put 1-2 drops on a tissue or cotton ball and inhale directly or put in pillow case or shirt pocket.
Put 1 drop on a diffuser necklace.
1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over nose and mouth without touching face, and inhale.
This helps reduce a fever, and helps relieve itching, sunburn and inflammation of the skin.
8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil.
1 ounce of distilled or filtered water, or Youngevity Plant Derived Minerals.
Shake before each use. Mist lightly on area of concern or all over the body, avoiding or closing eyes when misting face area.
This oxygenates the blood thus enabling it to be so effective in relieving headaches, stress, depression and migraines, and gives immediate relief for minor injuries and itching.
For headaches and stress: Use a drop at the back of the neck (base of skull), temples and across forehead. Avoid eyes.
Apply 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil directly or add to 2-3 drops of a carrier oil (cold-pressed vegetable or nut oils such as sweet almond, grapeseed, jojoba, sesame, etc.).
Add 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil to 3-5 drops of a carrier oil (cold-pressed vegetable or nut oils such as sweet almond, grapeseed, jojoba, sesame, etc.), and apply to cool skin.
This helps relieve aches and pains.
Add 2-3 drops to 1 Tablespoon of a carrier oil (cold-pressed vegetable or nut oils such as sweet almond, grapeseed, jojoba, sesame, etc.), lotion, or Youngevity CM Cream.
This helps relieve stomachaches, reflux, gas, bloating and flatulence. Mental and physical stimulant, helps with alertness. Helps relieve headaches.
1 drop peppermint essential oil in honey or sweetener of your choice, stir into a cup of warm water and sip slowly.
1 drop peppermint essential oil in 6-8 ounces of water.
Apparently Pluto was right about mint being popular with people. We still get to enjoy it and it still freshens our lives to this day.
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