Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
In aromatherapy it is used to stimulate and promote alertness. Helping to clear the head, it aids work or study by improving concentration and reducing mental fatigue. Calming the nerves, it assists stress release and eases headaches.
Peppermint helps us be more receptive to new ideas, giving us insight and inspiration. Helping us communicate, it improves confidence, leadership and self expression.
It nourishes our spirit and mind, helping us overcome inferiority or too much pride, creating balance. Used in a diffuser, the aroma creates a sense of fresh cleanliness.
Historical and Traditional Uses
Peppermint oil was often included in treatments for sinus infection, congestion, coughs, colds and the flu, especially when there are headaches and fever present.
In studies it was confirmed that diluted peppermint oil significantly reduces the pain of headaches and was considered by Asian, Ayuvedic and European herbalists to be a superior oil to ‘liberate’ the lymphatic system and improve circulation.
Because of the menthol content in peppermint oil it was considered significantly similar to a mild anesthetic for the skin and was used in muscle rubs and liniments for pain relief from joint pain, bruises, contusions, arthritis, muscle pain and spasms, myalgia and neuralgia.
In clinical studies it has been shown to have significant antibacterial and antifungal properties. And other studies showed Peppermint oil had a strong positive effect on the liver and gall bladder, and has long been considered a good remedy for digestive problems. It has also been found to have a strong effect on preventing spasms in the gut - such as colonic spasms.
Peppermint was used on the skin to relive the symptoms of; burns, sunburn, insect bites, skin irritations and itching. Peppermint oil should only be used on the skin at a dilution rate of 1% or less.
Native to Southern Europe, Peppermint oil is now cultivated all over the world. All the mints have been used historically as medicine since Roman and Greek times. When steam distillation of oils reached England in the 16th century peppermint essential oil began use in traditional herbal practice. It is used widely today in toothpaste, chewing gum, mouthwash, perfumes and soaps.
Blends well with: Sweet Orange, Lemon, Pink Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lemon-scented Gum, Fir Needle, Cedar Wood, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Clary Sage.
Aroma: Fresh and minty, with clean, crisp high notes and a deep balsamic undertone.
Method of extraction: Steam distilled
Safety & Precautions
Peppermint oil is non-toxic, non-irritating, but in some cases may be sensitising.
There are some recommendations that it should not be used on the face, especially around the nose of young children.
It is recommended to never use peppermint oil undiluted on the skin. Peppermint oil should only be used on the skin at a dilution rate of 1% or less.