The fresh, slightly spicy, mint aroma of Peppermint saturates a room with freshness, clarity and vitality. Refreshing and stimulating, Peppermint Essential Oil has remarkably immediate effects on mental functioning. It seems to produce clear thinking and the ability to focus. It also is an excellent pain reliever and is always useful to have around.
“Mint is one of the best known essential oils in aromatherapy. The oil belongs in every first-aid kit since it helps remedy acute dizzy spells, rapid heartbeat, tremors, shock and general weakness. A few drops inhaled from a tissue can bring quick relief. Mint oil is ideal for treating headaches, reactions to severe weather conditions, and tightness in the neck area...
“The oil helps people become clear-headed and refreshes spirits. Like Lemon, Lemongrass, Basil and Rosemary, Mint specifically stimulates the central hippocampus of the brain. It may be beneficial for people who are unable to concentrate or who have mental fatigue and memory lapses. This is an ideal oil to use in an aroma lamp in the office, in conference rooms, or in any situations in which a clean, uncluttered atmosphere is desired.” Complete Aromatherapy Handbook, Susanne Fischer-Rizzi.
How to Use
For use on the skin (Topical Application), dilute up to 3-5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil. For Whole Body Massage, use no more than 2%; 2% is approximately 1 teaspoon (5ml) of essential oil per 1 cup (250ml) of carrier oil, or about 10 drops essential oil to a tablespoon (15 ml) of carrier oil.
- Nausea, vomiting: Direct Inhalation from the diffuser, or when traveling, a few drops on a tissue, or 1 drop on tongue.
- Mental fatigue: Diffusion or Topical Application on forehead, 3 – 5% in any carrier oil.
- Migraines, headaches, fainting, vertigo and other nervous disorders: In the Diffusion or Topical Application on forehead, temples or wherever the headache resides, 3 – 5% in any carrier oil.
- Colds, sore throat, flu and respiratory conditions: Direct Inhalation from the diffuser.
- Excessive sweating: A total of 1-2% added to your unscented personal care product.
- Acne: A total of 2% in a carrier oil or your unscented facial care product.
- Ringworm, scabies, dermatitis, psoriasis: Topical Application.
- Muscle pain, neuralgia: Topical Application, 3-5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil.
- Bronchitis: Topical Application on chest and back, a total of 3-5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil.
- Stuffy nose and mucous congestion: Steam Inhalation.
- Asthma: Direct Inhalation from the diffuser on a regular basis.
- Fever: Diffusion or Topical Application on whole frontal line and forehead. (The frontal line runs from the heart area upwards and downwards. It extends from the front of the neck to the pubic bone, parallel to the spine.)
- Palpitations: Whole Body Massage.
- Indigestion, colic, cramps, intestinal gas: Topical Application, Aromatic Bath.
Peppermint is non-toxic and non-irritant, except in concentration. The menthol contained in Peppermint is a dermal irritant, so avoid contact with eyes, skin and mucous membranes. May cause sensitization in some individuals. It is a stimulating oil; therefore, it is not advised for use in the evening or at bedtime, as it may cause insomnia.
Use essential oils only in diluted form on the skin and never internally. Always be careful when using essential oils with children. Give them only low doses, or better, consult a qualified aromatherapy expert before using. Also, use essential oils with care and only under the proper guidance of an expert while pregnant or if you have liver damage, epilepsy, cancer or other serious health problems.
Peppermint is the subject of ancient Greek stories and also can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where it was found inside burial chambers dating back to 1000 BC. Peppermint is a hallmark of traditional medicine, historically used for pain relief, indigestion, sore throat and other common complaints. Many of the same complaints for which Peppermint was traditionally used are still treated with Peppermint to this day.
Peppermint is a hybrid perennial herb that grows up to 3 feet high, with tasty, pointy and furry leaves that are often snipped to steep in teapots and to adorn summer fruit salads, which burst with flavor as a result.