Organic Peppermint Essential Oil
Native to the Mediterranean but introduced to North America in the 19th Century, peppermint essential oil is extracted from Mentha piperita and is also referred to as brandy mint and balm mint.
The Romans used peppermint oil to treat digestive problems and also wore garlands of peppermint at Roman feasts.
What does peppermint essential oil smell like?
Fresh and minty
Which part of the plant provides the oil?
Peppermint oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant.
Where has peppermint essential oil been sourced from?
This particular peppermint oil originates from India.
How is peppermint oil extracted?
Peppermint oil is extracted by steam distillation.
This involves using steam from boiling water to extract the essential oil from the plant.
The heat from the steam causes the plant’s cell walls to open allowing the essential oil to be released.
What other oils blend well with peppermint oil?
Peppermint oil blends well with benzoin, cypress, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, marjoram, and rosemary.
How can I benefit from peppermint essential oil?
Here are some ways you can benefit from peppermint essential oil:
- Aromatherapy: Inhaling the scent of peppermint essential oil can help promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve mental clarity and focus. You can use a diffuser or inhale directly from the bottle.
- Digestive support: Peppermint oil has been traditionally used to aid digestion. You can dilute a few drops of peppermint oil in a carrier oil and massage it onto your abdomen in a clockwise direction to help relieve digestive discomfort, bloating, and gas. It may also help with nausea.
- Headache relief: Applying diluted peppermint oil to your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck can provide cooling and soothing relief for headaches and migraines.
- Respiratory support: Peppermint oil has a cooling effect on the respiratory system and may help relieve congestion, coughs, and sinus issues. You can inhale it directly, add a few drops to a steam inhalation, or use it in a diffuser.
- Muscle and joint pain relief: Peppermint oil has analgesic properties and can help soothe sore muscles and joints. Dilute it in a carrier oil and massage it onto the affected area for relief.
- Natural insect repellent: Peppermint oil has a strong scent that repels insects. You can mix a few drops of peppermint oil with water in a spray bottle and use it as a natural insect repellent.
- Fresh breath: Add a drop of peppermint oil to your toothpaste or mouthwash to help freshen your breath and promote oral health.
Are there precautions I should know about?
Peppermint is a strong oil so should be used with caution.
Those with heart problems or epilepsy should refrain from using peppermint essential oil.
The liquid can cause mucus membrane irritation and should not come in contact with the eyes.
It reduces lactation in nursing mothers and should be avoided topically during pregnancy.