One of my favorite all around oils, Peppermint, is a very popular and powerful herb that has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. It is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion…not to mention a powerful aroma that many people have come to love over the years, throughout its many uses!
Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.
This powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application. Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. It is also excellent to reduce inflammation and the menthol (34-44%) and methone (12-20%) create a cooling effect. Peppermint has an approximate ORAC of 373,455 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
Menthol — 34-44%
Menthone — 12-20%
Menthofurane — 4-9%
1.8 Cineol (Eucalyptol) — 2-5%
Pulegone — 205%
Menthyl Acetate — 4-19%
Peppermint oil is known to be anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, anti parasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, a gallbladder/digestive stimulant, and to have pain relieving properties.
I love to add a drop of peppermint oil to a glass of hot water or herbal tea~ there are many ways you can incorporate this oil into your life:
- Inhale by adding a drop or two to the palms of your hands, rubbing together, and cupping over your nose & mouth for energy & mental clarity
- Add topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue for a burst of energy to enliven the senses!
- Massage several drops of peppermint on to the abdomen or inhale to soothe minor stomach discomfort
- Add a drop to coffee to create a peppermint espresso-like flavor!
- Add a drop to bath water for sore muscles & for relaxation
- Place a drop on temples and one on the tongue to aid in relief of sinus pains or headache
- Use to make your own household soaps and cleaning products
- Add a drop to fragrance-free castile soap for a minty hand soap
How to Use: For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk. Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Do not apply neat to a fresh wound or burn. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children due to Peppermint’s strong menthol constituents. Avoid contact with eyes, mucus membranes and fresh wounds or burns.
There are many other ways of using this specific oil, play with it and see what you come up with! As with any essential oil, if you think you may have a skin sensitivity, always test a spot on the skin before using topically or internally. Refer to the essential oil user’s guide for information on which oils are safe for internal use and which ones should be diluted or used with special care. As with any essential oil, use with care and discontinue use if you have any kind of allergic reaction.
Testimonials about Peppermint Oil from www.oil-testimonials.com:
“If I get heartburn, indigestion, queasiness, gas, or any other stomach/intestinal symptom, I take about 4 drops of peppermint oil in a small glass of water. No matter what the issue is, the peppermint makes it go away within minutes. Peppermint is also anti-viral, and this past winter when lots of people around me had the stomach flu, I took peppermint every day and didn’t get sick.”
WI, United States
“My daughter has had migraines for years and has had poor results with traditional prescriptions to treat them. We’ve found that a drop of peppermint oil under her tongue along with an application on her neck and temples takes the headache away in short order! I also use peppermint for “everyday” kinds of headaches and it works great! No more ibuprofen for me!”
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