Fact File: Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Parts of plant used:
Peppermint is another all star family favourite. Arguably it shares the title with Lavender as the most versatile Essential oil. It’s also been around for almost forever! It’s the Grandfather of the Essential Oil world. With an endless list of dermal and oral uses as well as anti-microbial properties, there are countless issues for which it is beneficial. Just a few include promoting the wellness of body, mind, and overall health.
Our ancient ancestors were pretty switched on and the use of Peppermint can be traced back to Chinese and Japanese folk medicine practices. A little further back in time and even the Ancient Egyptians were using it. Dried Peppermint leaves have often been found placed in tombs inside pyramids.
A little more recent ancient textual references also show that Peppermint had culinary uses and a place in herbal medicine as far back as 1500BC.
Peppermint also got a mention in Greek mythology in the story of the nymph “Mentha” or “Minthe,” who is transformed into the sweet-smelling herb that releases a powerful, lingering aroma every time she is stepped on.
It’s easy to see why Peppermint is so popular today and holds its own as one of the best Essential Oils out there.
How the Oil is made:
The essential oils of Peppermint are found in cells on the underside of the leaves and are collected through the process of steam distilling the fresh or partially dried plant leaves.
Peppermint Oil will retain stability and have a prolonged shelf life if stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight with the bottle cap closed tightly.
Peppermint oil is very helpful for digestion and soothing your stomach. Ever had peppermint tea after a big meal? Well now you know why.
Peppermint oil is a common go to remedy for nausea and headaches. To quickly get rid of that throbbing head, simply dilute the essential oil in a carrier on and rub direction on the forehead/temples. You could also try inhaling it (perhaps via diffuser or oil burner) as the aroma can help eliminate the effects of nausea and motion sickness, simply because of its relaxing and soothing effects.
Other benefits include: Reducing stress, help treat UTI’s, boost immunity, increase circulation and help treat Respiratory problems... I could go on but I’d probably run out of digital ink before I’ve finished the list.
Peppermint is pretty strong on its own. In our opinion it’s up there with Eucalyptus as pretty over powering. However, it does work well with some other oils which can stand up to its strength and hold their own edge. The best ones are Lemon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary... The more adventurous blenders might try it with Marjoram too.
Always take care when using undiluted Pure Essential Oil, it is strong stuff! Please keep the following in mind when using...
Possible skin sensitivity (Always dilute before using on skin). Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Do not use internally.