Peppermint belongs to the mint family. It is a herb that is native to the mediterranean region. Peppermint essential oil is multi-purpose and is considered to be one of the most versatile oils.
The ancient Greeks put peppermint essential oil on the highest pedestal, as their mythology shows that Pluto had immortalized his dearly beloved nymph Menta by transforming her into an enchanting herb for people to admire her beautifully scented aroma for many years to come. Today the peppermint essential oil is well known as a powerhouse of natural goodness that holds numerous therapeutic properties.
Scientific Name: Mentha piperita
Oil Origin: Flowering parts and leaves
Extraction: Steam distillation
Aroma: Strong, Sharp, minty, cool, invigorating
Odor strength: Very strong
The main component in peppermint is menthol which is an analgesic believed to reduce headache and muscular aches
Good for respiration
When diluted and used as a chest rub or when inhaled, it is said to relieve chest congestion, nasal congestion and cough.
Inhaling peppermint essential oil is said to reduce the severity of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness.
Ways to use
Mix a drop or two of peppermint essential oil in a glass of water
Gargle with the water-oil mixture and spit it out
Repeat for 2 or 3 times to enjoy a fresh breath
Use topically to relieve muscular aches and pains
Add one drop of peppermint essential oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil
Apply mixture over affected area to relieve pain
Peppermint essential oil is highly concentrated and strong so just a few drops will work wonders to ease symptoms of cough and congestion
Fill Diffuser with water
Add 2 - 3 drops per 100 ml of water
Inhale the aroma of peppermint to ease congestion
The refreshing and soothing aroma of peppermint helps reduce the symptoms of motion sickness like nausea and dizziness while travelling
Place a drop or two of peppermint essential oil on a tissue or cotton ball.
Take deep breaths to inhale the aroma.
Recommended Essential Oil Blends:
Recommended Carrier oils:
- Avoid contact with eyes, nose, and sensitive areas.
- Never apply essential oils to the skin or scalp directly. It is highly recommended to dilute the oil using a carrier oil to avoid skin irritation.
- Do a patch test before topical use to make sure there are no allergic reactions to any essential oil.
- If you are pregnant, nursing or taking medication; consult a physician before use.
- Avoid use of peppermint essential oil around kids and pets. Peppermint essential oil is toxic to pets.
- Essential oils are not safe for oral intake.