Latin Name: Mentha piperita
Origin & History: Peppermint Oil is extracted from the fresh or semi-dried leaves and flowers of the herb through steam distillation. The plant grows world wide and is cultivated in Britain, America, Europe and China. Peppermint was prized in Japan and China for centuries and has been found in Egyptian tombs dating back to 1000 BC. Traditionally, people drank it as a tea or chewed the leaves to cure complaints of the stomach or nerves. Peppermint is one of nature's finest digestive aides. It is reported that Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, touted Peppermint as a digestive stimulant and diuretic. Since it promotes digestion, the ancient Romans used it as a carminative (allows the body to expel gas to relieve colic or griping).
It is said that a single whiff of peppermint can help to relieve symptoms of nausea and indigestion. It is most effective for the relief of circulatory disorders, nervousness, insomnia, flu, PMS, menopausal hot flashes, muscular pain, varicose veins, sunburn and insect bites.
Peppermint is an incredibly invigorating and energizing pure essential oil. It's said that peppermint can help to relieve mental exhaustion and fatigue. Inhaling Peppermint during periods of anxiety is said to have a calming and refreshing effect on the psyche. It may help to stimulate the brain in retaining memory.
Peppermint is the only pure essential oil that can heat you up and cool you down simultaneously. It has been known to reduce chills and bring down a fever. Peppermint is credited with the ability to help relieve tension headaches.
Peppermint acts as a sedative and is useful in nervous disorders. Its antiseptic and antibacterial properties render it useful in treating skin conditions such as acne. Taken as a gargle, it can improve mouth conditions such as swollen gums, mouth thrush or mouth ulcers. Peppermint is also helpful in relieving a toothache.
Suggested Use: Massage, baths, inhalation, compress. Afew drops on a tissue can clear your head whether you're suffering from a cold or mental fatigue. Peppermint Oil can also relieve headaches or nausea. Four drops in a basin can refresh tired feet. Use sparingly for massage or in a bath. Put a few drops in your shampoo or conditioner to stimulate your scalp.
Caution: Peppermint Oil is very potent, therefore, it should never be applied to the skin without diluting first. Always use in moderation. As with all preparations, check with your doctor before using if you are pregnant or nursing.