Essential Oil Series - Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

June 9, 2018

 

 

Peppermint essential oil can help improve circulation to the areas of application. It creates a cooling and numbing sensation on the skin when low concentrations are applied. Peppermint is useful for local applications for pain relief.

 

Chemical Families: Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols, Ketones, Esters, Oxides

Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Note: Middle-Top

 

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) Essential Oil Highlights:

  • Peppermint essential oil has a very strong menthol, fresh aroma. 

  • The cooling effect of Peppermint contracts and tightens the tissues. It is also known for its ability to increase circulation to the areas of application to ease pain.

  • Peppermint essential oil is a good digestive. It is commonly used for counteracting nausea.

  • Clears the mind and breath​

  • Safety: May cause skin or mucous membrane irritation. Do not apply near the face of infants or children. Avoid the use of peppermint essential oil in case of cardiac fibrillation.

  • Peppermint essential oil blends well with herbal oil, especially Thymes, Lavender, Rosemary, and Geranium, and with citrus oil such as Lemon.

Here are just some of the many ways you can use your Peppermint essential oil:

  • Relief congestion -  Boil a bowl of water. Add peppermint oil to the hot water and breathe in the steam. You can also put a few drops of peppermint oil in an inhaler to help with respiratory congestion.

  • Use for ​digestive support - Make a cool compress for upset stomach, gas, bloat, colic, trapped gas, nausea, vomiting. 

  • Headaches, pain relief - blend peppermint oil with a carrier oil and apply topically.

     

  • Put a few drops in your home diffuser, car diffuser, essential oil necklace, or bracelet: peppermint oil is energizing and stimulating.

 

Peppermint essential oil is an active ingredient in these azendea products:​​

 

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References:

  1. Worwood, V. (1991) The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

  2. Black and Butje, Aromahead Institute (2015) Essential Oil Data Sheet​

  3. Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014) Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.​