The Aromatherapist | Peppermint Essential Oil
Pure Essential Oil
Botanical Name: mentha piperita
Part of Plant: flowering plant
Major Biochemical Compounds: Menthol, Menthone, 1,8-Cineol, Menthyl acetate, Isomenthone, Neomenthol
Common Uses: Analgesic, used for headache, neuralgia, sciatica and sports injuries where cooling is required. Used for some respiratory infections, especially with dry conditions. Helps prevent halitosis. Also used for stomach problems, colic, stomach and gastric cramps, indigestion, nausea and travel sickness.
Emotional/Psychological Uses: One of the best oils for alertness. Add to your morning shower gel or shampoo to wake up quickly. Diffuse in work environment when it’s difficult to keep attention.
Cosmetic/Skin Uses: Used in acne treatments, for blackheads and blocked pores as well as dehydrated skin. Great for detoxifying body treatments.
Blends Well With: Lemon, Rosemary, Black Pepper, Lavender, Grapefruit, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Fennel, Black Spruce
Inside Info: Very effective for the treatment of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). The leaves of Peppermint absorb solar energy and give them back to use through their essential oil.
Best Ways to Use (see ‘Methods of Use’): Inhalant, compress, bug repellent (flies, wasps, ants), mouth wash and shampoo/shower gel