Latin Name: Mentha Piperita
Extraction: Steam distilled from the flowering tops and leaves.
Aroma: Fresh, sharp, cooling and minty aroma with green grass-like undertone.
Peppermint is native to western Asia and Mediterranean, but now cultivated all over the world in North and South America, Europe, Africa, India, Australia and other countries.
It is a fast-growing perennial herb with green stems, leaves and small white flowers. This plant has long known for its cooling effect due to the high level of menthol.
Analgesic, Anti-depressant, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Astringent, Anti-spasmodic, Carminative, Cephalic, Cooling, Cholagogue, Decongestant, Digestive stimulant, Expectorant, Emmenagogue, Febrifuge, Immuno-stimulant, Liver supporter, Nervine, Sudorific, Tonic
USES IN AROMATHERAPY
The stimulating oil of Peppermint is well known for its effectiveness in improving focus, concentration and mental sharpness. In a research by Dr Dembar of the University of Cincinnati, inhaling Peppermint oil can increase mental accuracy of students tested by up to 28%.
The refreshing aroma is bright, able to clear the head and refresh our minds. This is an excellent choice for students preparing for exam or individuals working long hours and anyone suffering mental fatigue. It works well singly or in blend along with other cephalic oils such as rosemary, basil and lemon.
On deeper level, just as Peppermint is capable of stimulating the mind and stomach, it can also stimulate the digestion of new ideas and enhance our learning and acceptance of new situation or ideas ‘you just can’t stomach’. It works to release the feeling of frustration and agitation to inspire insight and tolerance.
The cooling nature of Peppermint oil makes it excellent for releasing anger that no longer serve us. By moving out ‘old’ energies, we can receive and embrace ‘new’ and ‘fresh’ ones on both mental and emotional levels.
Peppermint essential oil is pretty much one of the ‘basic necessities’ that we cannot go without. It is definitely one of the oils that belong inside our ‘first-aid’ aromatherapy kit.
Methone, a ketone of the Peppermint oil, is the power behind the oil’s incredible respiratory benefits it offers. It has mild expectorant and anti-inflammatory effects to relieve symptoms of sinus congestion, cold and flu, bronchitis and asthma; and by clearing heaty phlegm from the lungs, it restrains infection and expel thick catarrh.
Therapeutically ideal for headaches, we like to use a drop of two of the Peppermint oil, diluted, on temples and back of neck for relief. Dr Kurt Schnaubelt also described its effectiveness for treating migraine headache, thanks to its analgesic properties. Research studies had shown 15% dilution in rubbing alcohol applied liberally to forehead, neck and shoulders in treating migraine headache; and found to be equally effective as taking over-the-counter pain-relieving medications.
In Oriental Medicine terms, the oil is ‘cooling’ and ‘dry’. It has effects in regulating Qi in the stomach to promote healthy digestion and bowel function. As such, it is ideal for abdominal pain, stomach upsets, food poisoning, constipation, indigestion, nausea, travel/motion sickness, fainting, vomiting, flatulence, wind and irritable bowel syndrome.
Incorporating anti-inflammatory and circulatory-stimulating Peppermint oil into a massage blend is useful for relieving painful muscles and inflamed joints. It clears the Damp Heat and alleviate blockage that causes painful obstructions; hence making it suitable for neuralgia, osteoarthrosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.
Menthol in Peppermint produces a cooling sensation and in small dilution, can be used to cool ‘hot’ and itchy skin issues.
Schnaubelt also praised the oil to be the most effective and stimulating liver tonic of all essential oils. It can be useful to relieve PMS symptoms and eye problems originating from the liver.
SAFETY & SHELF LIFE
Safety: Do not apply to or near face (nostrils or eye membranes) of infant and children under 2 years. This oil is not recommended for pregnant and nursing mothers, elderly and epileptics. Low risk of mucous membrane irritation but may be contraindicated in cases of G6PD deficiency, cardiac fibrillation and gall bladder inflammation or increased bile secretion.
Dilute before using with a maximum dermal level use of 5%. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
Pregnancy/Nursing: Avoid use during pregnancy and nursing.
Precautions: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
Shelf Life: 2-4 Years
HOW TO USE
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil/aroma diffuser or personal pocket inhaler.
Apply Topically: This essential oil is 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high quality carrier oils or Carrier Oils Complex. Refer to our dilution chart. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Freshly minty and cooling, Peppermint oil mentally aids concentration, mental fatigue and stimulation. It is therapeutically beneficial for headaches, migraine; and clearing sinus congestion and lymph drainage.
Ingredients: 100% Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil
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