Essential Oils – Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is recommended for a budding aromatherapist to purchase right away as its benefits are very diverse. It is wonderful to use in uplifting someone who is feeling down and it is quite soothing for pesky mosquito bites. It also aids in relieving headaches and soothing sore and inflamed muscles. One thing to keep in mind is that peppermint essential oil has a cooling property due to its menthol content. If you are already feeling chilled, I would not recommend using it as it will make your skin feel that much cooler. 

Name of Oil: Peppermint
Latin Name: Mentha x piperita
Countries of Origin: Japan and the USA
Historical Use: It is believed that the Greek god Pluto turned the nymph Mentha into peppermint.
General Growth, Habitat: Peppermint is an herb which can grow up to 3’ high. It has slightly hairy, serrated leaves along with pinkish-mauve flowers.
Parts Used in Distillation: Leaves and flowers/buds.
Scent: Sweet, fresh, minty, sharp, clean.
Uses: Arthritis, fevers, skin conditions, back problems, inflammation, aches and pains.
Emotional Use: Stimulating and uplifting.
Safety: Possible irritant to the skin and mucous membranes; avoid near the eyes. Not recommended for pregnant or nursing women. 

Extra Tidbits:

  • To deter mice, place a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball and tuck them away around the house.
  • To keep out ants and spiders, place a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball and wipe it around the areas where they enter the house. 
  • Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to unscented, natural household cleaners to give them a fresh scent.

Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.

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