What is Peppermint Oil?
Peppermint essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves of the peppermint plant—Mentha × piperita—and is distinguished by its fresh, sharp, and cool menthol aroma.
It is one of the most widely used essential oils and has a broad range of potential health benefits. This is a 'cooling' essential oil.
The main chemical components of peppermint essential oil are menthol, 1,8-cineole, and menthone. Menthol is energising and refreshing, and has a cooling effect when applied to the skin. Menthone gives peppermint oil its 'minty' aroma, and 1,8-cineole has been shown to benefit those suffering from inflammatory airway diseases.
Also present in peppermint oil are methofuran, methyl acetate, limonene, isomenthone, a-pinene, b-pinene, trans-sabinene hydrate, germacrene-d and pulegone.
Peppermint oil's properties are quite broad, including but not limited to: anaesthetic, analgesic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, decongestant, astringent, carminative, stimulant, and expectorant.
What this adds up to in plain terms is an essential oil that can assist in the treatment of common cold, flu, digestive bloating, IBS, PMS, tension headache, arthritis and rheumatism, as well as enhance mental clarity and physical stamina.
How to use peppermint oil
Peppermint oil can be applied topically, via steam or diffuser, domestically, and in soap products. Always use a quality Peppermint Essential Oil.
Blend one part peppermint oil with nine parts carrier oil to create a refreshingly cool massage oil with numerous health applications. Massage the blend into the lower abdomen to assist in the relief of digestive issues and PMS.
Apply the blend to areas of chronic itching for relief and to reduce inflammation.
Add 2-3 drops to bath water for a refreshing soak that may assist in the relief of skin irritation.
Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your diffuser to create a mentally stimulating environment, as well as assist in the relief of nausea, tension headache and common cold afflictions.
As an insecticide
Diffusing peppermint oil in your living space will help to keep the bugs at bay.
In soap products
Peppermint oil in lotions, soaps, foot balms and bath bombs has a delightfully cooling and energising effect on the skin, and provides a mentally stimulating bathing experience. As a soap ingredient, it may also prove beneficial against general skin irritations, dermatitis and eczema.
Essential Oils are highly concentrated and must be used with care.
Do not apply undiluted. Not to be taken internally.
Do not use peppermint essential oil for treating medical conditions without first speaking to a medical professional.