Peppermint Essential Oil
Latin name: Mentha x piperita
Peppermint oil is extracted from Mentha piperita of the Labiatae family and is also known as brandy mint and balm mint.
Peppermint oil can assist in nervous disorders and is dramatically effective in stimulating the mind and focusing concentration, for treating the respiratory tract, muscular aches and pains and for some skin problems.
Peppermint oil has a fresh, sharp, menthol smell, is clear to pale yellow in color and watery in viscosity.
- Excellent for mental fatigue and depression
- Refreshing the spirit and stimulating mental agility
- Improves concentration
- Helps for apathy, shock, headache, migraine, nervous stress, vertigo and faintness
- Great in treating general respiratory disorders, as well as dry coughs, sinus congestion, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis and cholera
- For the digestive system, peppermint oil is effective for a range of ailments, as it stimulates the gall bladder and the secretion of bile
- Used in treating colic, cramps, dyspepsia, spastic colon, flatulence and nausea
- Can relieve pain in cases of toothache
- Can also relieve painful aching feet
- Helps in rheumatism, neuralgia, muscular pains and painful periods
- Used to relieve skin irritation and itchiness and also helps to reduce skin redness, where inflammation is present
- Used for dermatitis, acne, ringworm, scabies and pruritus
- Relieves itching, sunburn and inflammation of the skin
- Combats bad breath and gum infections
- Digestive system – massage a blended oil over the abdomen.
- Respiratory System – Burners and vaporizers, as well as diffusers
- Massage and Bath Oils. Can be massaged on the chest for respiratory system ailments.
- Skin creams and lotions
- Used in perfumes as a middle note
In vapor therapy, peppermint oil can help to increase concentration and to stimulate the mind, as well as sorting out coughs, headaches, nausea and also has value as an insect repellant.
Peppermint is a strong middle note which is highly versatile but can be intense when blended into a fragrance. It is a lot more concentrated that other most steam distilled oils.
It carries a fresh fragrance which is minty and invigorating. It’s a hybrid of the less pungent spearmint and water mint making it perfect to blend with other top notes such as grapefruit and lemon.
Complimentary middle notes include lavander and eucalyptus.
Peppermint oil is non-toxic and non-irritant in low dilutions, but sensitization may be a problem due to the menthol content.
It can cause irritation to the skin and mucus membranes and should be kept well away from the eyes. It should be avoided during pregnancy and should not be used on children under seven.
Peppermint should not be used in conjunction with homeopathic treatment, as it antidotes the remedies.