Peppermint essential oil is usually Mentha piperita and comes from the family Lamiacae, and the genus Mentha. A supplier of mine also offers Mentha arvensis, but really when it comes down to it the variations won’t make a huge difference to the therapeutic value for most users of oils.This family also holds many herbs like lavender, sage, marjoram, patchouli, oregano, thyme and many others. It seems as though this family of plants has been around for thousands of years going back to, at least, the Romans, the Greeks, and it is even recorded in Egyptian records. These are hardy herbs and have wonderful medicinal properties.
Please see my article Essential Oils from Herbs are Spectacular for a more comprehensive list of healing herbs. I’ll be concentrating on these herbs over the next few weeks so stay tuned.
Peppermint essential oil is one of the most used oils in the world and this is because it’s use in food flavourings. Peppermint lollies are sweet, cute and fun and for all these reasons I also see peppermint essential oil as an oil of happiness. It appeals to many people, both young and old and is an easily accessible and inexpensive oil.
A typical analysis of peppermint oil shows it is high in menthol and menthane, and these constituents are the ones that give peppermint its heat. Funnily enough this warmth or heat actually translates to a cool feeling, and peppermint could be considered and anti-inflammatory oil.
Peppermint oil is used in aromatherapy today –
* as an antidote for nausea and travel sickness
* to help calm symptoms of irritable bowel (via products that contain peppermint oil)
* as a pain relief for muscles and nerve pains
* as a decongestant for the sinuses
I use peppermint oil –
* in a steam inhalation to relieve a headache (it really works well) and sinus headaches and pain
* and in any blend of oils to relieve pain – menstrual pain, muscle pain, aching limbs, arthritis pain
I would not use peppermint oil in many body oils, but I have added it to a blend for a client with psoriasis and eczema and it seems to cool her itchy skin.
Peppermint is good for pain!
It’s also great to clear your mind, wake you up and to make you feel refreshed. It will even do that when you have a good quality mint in your mouth.
Try these recipes –
1. Open The Bottle and Take a Huge Whiff
Peppermint will help with a headache, sinus congestion and a tired mind.
2. Nourishing Body Oil Blend
For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil.
***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.
For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”
For itchy skin or even an irritable feeling –
Peppermint 1 drop
Lavender 4 drops
Patchouli 2 drops
5. Scent Your Space
In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil
“Happy la la”
Clear the air and make room for some happy vibes –
Peppermint 8 drops
Orange 17 drops
Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.