This oil comes from South Africa although the United States is considered to be the world’s largest producer of peppermint, which is then used mostly in the food industry, rather than aromatherapy. This is another oil that is essential for every home due to its wide array of uses.
It is considered to be anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, a gallbladder/ digestive stimulant, pain reliever, and an aid in curbing appetite.
More Benefits Include:
- Relieves headache pain
- Relieves nausea
- Is excellent in the use for skin conditions such as itchiness, varicose veins, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
- Inhaling peppermint oil has been found to increase mental accuracy by 28%
- It sharpens mental focus by removing dull and hazy feelings
- As a cooling oil it is extremely effective in taking the edge off tension
- It is effective against worry, grief and the feeling of emotional heaviness
- Peppermint is great to use for bug bites and as a repellent
- It is used to relieve upset skin from bug bites or from spending too much time in the sun
- This oil is great to add to your hair routine, as it nourishes and balances a dull, oily scalp
- We all know this oil from its use in dental care
- This oil is refreshing and therefore a great addition to massage oil for use after yoga or exercise to induce feelings of comfort and restoration
- This is a great oil to diffuse in the air to create feelings of freshness
How to Use
Peppermint oil can be applied topically, added to bath water, directly inhaled, or used in a diffuser.
Add two drops of peppermint oil to half cup of water for a refreshing mouthwash, which stimulates gum health and reduces bad breath.
Add several drops to massage oil or lotion to cool the skin after sunburn or inflammation.
Use a few drops in a bath to assist with heat related conditions, headaches, cramps, nausea and general aches and pains.
Add several drops of peppermint oil to a bowl of water to deter insects while outside.
Diffuse this oil to increase your concentration, stimulate your mind, or freshen the air.
Peppermint oil is NOT compatible with homeopathic treatments.
Though it is non-toxic and non-irritating, it may be sensitizing due to the high menthol content in it. This may cause irritation to the skin or mucus membranes.
Do NOT use on children younger than 7 years old.