Size: 5ml, 15ml, 1oz
Aromatic molecules: Menthol, menthone
Distilled organ: Aerial part
A hybrid of Mentha aquatica and Mentha spicata, Peppermint is an 80-cm perennial plant. It has quadrangular stems and oval, sharp serrated leaves opposite each other. It likes cool, clay and limy soils. Distillation takes place in June, just before the plants bloom.
Peppermint helps to opens up the lungs and veins, bringing more air in the lungs and more blood to the brain. Therefore, Peppermint is often believed to improve memory. In Japan and Germany, Peppermint and Lemon oils are used in the workplace to increase efficiency and productivity! Therefore, Peppermint is a great remedy for sleepiness, fatigue, mental doldrums, a hangover, and even to keep you alert while driving.
Peppermint was historically used as a diaphoretic meaning, to induce sweating. On a hot summer day, Peppermint instantly cools the body down. This effective minty oil is also extremely beneficial for women in menopause during hot flushes. However, Peppermint can be irritating for some people when applied “neat”, or undiluted to the skin. To check your sensitivity, test 1 drop on the inner forearm.
Used internally, 1 drop of Peppermint oil acts as a strong digestive tonic. Herbalists call herbs that expel gas and aid digestion “carminatives”. If you have ever experienced the “curiously strong” minty taste of an Altoid, it is because there is 1 drop of Peppermint essential oil in each Altoid! If you do not like the intensity of using Peppermint oil, try using a strong tea. Steep three Peppermint teabags in one pint of water for 20 minutes. Then drink it down. You will find the tea is even more beneficial than the oil, but is not as convenient. Add two bags of chamomile tea for an even stronger soothing, calming, and carminative effect.
** Use only organic, therapeutic grade, Mentha piperita
Mental Clarity/Fatigue/Stress – add 2 drops Peppermint, 2 drops Lemon, 2 drops Basil and 2 drops Rosemary to a small cloth. Close your eyes, place cloth close to nose, and inhale 5 deep breaths.
For a more intense treatment:
1. Place the Mental Clarity blend listed above into your hands.
2. Rub together.
3. Cup hands and cover nose. Close your eyes!
4. Breathe in five, deep breaths. After this inhalation, rub the oils on your hands to the back of your neck, on your shoulders and into the scalp. You will feel a wonderful sense of clarity and awareness.
Caution: Please do not get any oils near the eyes. If Peppermint is rubbed onto the eyes accidentally, put 1 TBSP of olive oil on a paper towel and rub Peppermint with the olive oil. The olive oil will remove the Peppermint oil.
Application: Mix 2 drops Peppermint and 2 drops Eucalyptus globulus into 10 drops olive oil. Rub mixture into nostrils with Q-tip.
Inhalation: Put 2 drops on cloth and inhale 5 deep breaths.
Use Peppermint oil with caution. Use Peppermint in a 5-10% dilution for children under 12. (5-10 drops of Peppermint to 100 drops of lotion or carrier oil). Peppermint can be irritating if used directly on the skin. If you are sensitive, dilute your Peppermint oil before using. Use with caution in bath water. Use Peppermint or any essential oils with caution if you have asthma.