Peppermint

Peppermint
Mentha piperita

Botanical Family: Labiatae (mint)

Extraction Method: Steam distilled from leaves

Common Primary Uses: Alertness, Antioxidant, Asthma, Autism, Bacterial Infections, Bell’s Palsy, Brain Injury, Chronic Fatigue, Cold Sores, Colon Polyps, Congestion, Constipation, Cooling (Body), Cramps/Charley Horses, Crohn’s Disease, Diarrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Endurance, Fainting, Fever, Flu (Influenza), Gamma Radiation Exposure, Gastritis, Halitosis, Headaches, Heartburn, Heatstroke, Hernia (Hiatal), Herpes Simplex, Hives, Hot Flashes, Huntington’s Disease, Hypothyroidism, Indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Itching, Jet Lag, Lactation (Decrease Milk Production), Memory, Migraines, Motion Sickness, MRSA, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Aches, Muscle Fatigue, Myelin Sheath, Nausea, Olfactory Loss (Sense of Smell), Osteoporosis, Paralysis, Rhinitis, Scabies, Sciatica, Shock, Sinusitis, Surgical Wounds, Swollen Eyes, Tennis Elbow, Throat Infection, Typhoid, Ulcer (Gastric), Varicose Veins, Vomiting

Common Application Methods: Peppermint oil be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin when using topically. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.

Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Place 1–2 drops under the tongue or in a beverage. Take in capsules. Use as a flavoring in cooking.

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, and invigorating.

Historical Uses: For centuries, peppermint has been used to soothe digestive difficulties, freshen breath, and to relieve colic, gas, headaches, heartburn, and indigestion.

French Medicinal Uses: Asthma, bronchitis, candida, diarrhea, digestion (aids), fever (reduces), flu, halitosis, heartburn, hemorrhoids, hot flashes, indigestion, menstrual irregularity, migraine headache, motion sickness, nausea, respiratory function (aids), shock, skin (itchy), throat infection, varicose veins, vomiting.

Other Possible Uses: Peppermint oil may help anger, arthritis, colic, depression, fatigue, food poisoning, hysteria, inflammation, liver problems, nerves (regenerate and support), rheumatism, seizures, elevate and open sensory system, soothe and cool skin (may help keep body cooler on hot days), toothaches, tuberculosis, and add flavor to water.

Body System(s) Affected: Digestive System, Muscles and Bones, Nervous and Respiratory Systems, Skin.

Aromatic Influence: Peppermint is purifying and stimulating to the conscious mind and may aid with memory and mental performance. It is cooling and may help reduce fevers.

Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Peppermint oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Safety Data: Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization. Use with caution if dealing with high blood pressure. Use with caution during pregnancy.

Blend Classification: Personifier