Lesson 28: Essential Oil – Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Foundational Aromatherapy pg 131-132,
Peppermint is best known for aiding digestion. It generally helps to reduce gas, bloating, and relieve an upset stomach. It is excellent for relieving headaches and stress. A mental and physical stimulant, it can help you stay alert during long working hours or while driving. It can help reduce fevers, and give immediate relief for minor injuries, such as a smashed finger.
➢ Not recommended for children under 2.
➢ Used in moderation, it is non-toxic, and non-irritating
➢ Not recommended for those who suffer from atrial fibrillation
➢ Not recommended for use in conjunction with homeopathic remedies as it may neutralize the benefits
➢ Use cautiously with high blood pressure.
Tried and True Uses
✓ Adding a drop to a cup of water and sipping slowly helps the digestive system; by relieving stomachaches, reflux, gas, bloating, and flatulence.
✓ Oxygenates the blood making it able to combat headaches, stress, depression and igraines. Use a drop at the back of neck (base of skull) temples and forehead.
✓ Inhale often or add a drop in glass of water for use as a mental and physical stimulant for students, night-shift workers, and long-distance drivers.
✓ Diffusing in the air helps with colds, stuffy nose, coughing and asthma.
How Do I Use It?
SOAK IN THE TUB – Mix 1-2 drops in 1⁄4 cup unscented Dead Sea Salts, milk, powdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish in warm or cold water, (depending on purpose), soak for ten- fifteen minutes.
IT’S IN THE AIR – Diffuse 10-12 drops for fifteen minutes interval every two hours during the day.
BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT – Inhale 3-4 times a day from bottle lid. Or put 1-2 drops on tissue or cotton ball inhale directly or put in pillow case. Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over mouth and nose without touching face, and inhale.
SPRITZ & SPRAY – Mix 8-10 drops in 1 ounce of filtered or distilled water. Shake before each use, mist lightly on area of concern or all over the body, avoiding eyes when misting face area.
TEA TIME – 1 drop in honey or sweetener of choice, stir in warm water, and sip slowly. One drop in 6-8 ounces of water to settle upset stomach, sip.
RUB IT IN, PUT IT ON – Add 2-3 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil, lotion. 1-2 drops direct or in 2-3 drops of carrier, rub on bottom of feet. 1-2 drops in 3-5 drops of carrier into cloth; apply to cool skin.
Blends Well With
- Black Pepper
- Carrot Seed
- Analgesic – relieves pain
- Antibacterial – destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria
- Antiemetic – inhibits nausea or vomiting
- Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation
- Antispasmodic – relieves spasms
- Antiviral – inhibits or destroys viruses
- Astringent – tightens tissue; reduces oil or secretions
- Cephalic – stimulates and clears the mind, relieves headache
- Cholagogue – increases bile production
- Circulatory Stimulant – temporarily quickens a vital process or functional activity
- Digestive – aids or balances digestion
- Decongestant – reduces nasal mucus productions
- Expectorant – promotes discharge of mucus or phlegm from chest and lungs
- Febrifuge – reduces fever
- Hepatic – supportive to the liver
- Insecticide – destroys insects
- Nervine – strengthening or calming to the nervous system
- Vasoconstrictor – narrows blood vessels
Self-confidence, Fortifying, Intuitive, Conscientiousness, Clarifying, Potential, Awareness, and Intelligence Key Body Systems: Nervous, Digestive, Respiratory, Muscular, Immune, Circulatory, and Skin
Key Body Systems:
Nervous, Digestive, Respistory, Muscular, Immune, Circulatory, and Skin
BOTANICAL NAME: Mentha piperita
WHERE GROWN: France, USA, Australia, India
AROMA: fresh, minty
PRODUCING ORGAN: leaves
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distillation
NOTE (EVAPORATION RATE): middle-top
Main Chemical Families:
MONOTERPENES-decongestive to the muscular and respiratory systems, warming, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, air purifier
MONOTERPENOLS-prevents infections, immune stimulant, emotional balancer, healing to the skin
KETONES-reduces intestinal gas, relieves pain, expectorant (mucus removing), and improves circulation
ESTERS-nervous system sedative, emotionally uplifting, stress relieving, anti-infectious, antispasmodic (especially for digestive cramping), healing to the skin
OXIDES-strong respiratory decongestant, antiviral, pain reliever, mental stimulant
LAMIACEAE-(LABIATAE)-relieves headaches and nasal congestion, energizing to the body and mind
“Peppermint has provided fast relief for migraines, and helped me to relax and sleep. It has also helped keep my lungs clear when I had a cold.“
DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate. As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.
*SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of elbow. Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils and blends away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.