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Peppermint

Peppermint

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Latin name: Mentha piperita
Country of origin: USA
Part of the plant: Leaves, stems, flowers
Extraction method: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: Menthol, menthone, isomenthone
Properties: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, stimulant, antispasmodic, astringent.

Peppermint essential oil is one of the most widely used and versatile essential oils in the world. It has an unmistakable minty scent that is wonderful to incorporate in countless applications. Peppermint has naturalized itself across the globe, spanning from the United States to Australia to India. India accounts for over 75% of the world’s production.  The essential oil is commonly used in dental applications, shampoos, soaps, aromatherapy, insect repellent formulations, and food flavorings.

The pain relieving properties of peppermint oil are well documented as it imparts a cooling sensation upon application, effectively numbing pain. Not only does it reduce the physical discomfort of pain but it actively works to heal the wound itself, as it contains anti-inflammatory compounds. 

Peppermint essential oil contains powerful disinfectant properties which are can be applied in a variety of applications. Peppermint oil can also be a natural substitute to bleach and other harmful chemicals and used to used to clean countertops and bathrooms alike, purging unwanted bacteria and microbes.

Peppermint oil stimulates the circulation of blood flow, delivering necessary nutrients throughout the body, therefore it is commonly used in shampoos and hair formulas for those suffering from alopecia. 

Peppermint essential oil is a quintessential addition to cosmetic applications, personal care formulations, soaps, perfumery, shampoos, incense, insect repellents, candles, and aromatherapy.

 

Uses

Physical uses: Poor digestion, indigestion, nausea, stomach aches, motion sickness, respiratory congestion, sinusitis, coughs, infections (bacterial, viral), muscle aches, muscle spasms, sciatica, stiff joints, menstrual cramps, headaches, feeling over-heated, nerve pain, sluggishness, lymphatic support, immune support.

Skin care uses: Dermatitis, blemishes, minor skin infections (bacterial, viral), itching, greasy skin, over-heated skin, rough skin, insect bites and stings.

Psychological uses: Mental fatigue, mental fog, inability to concentrate, anger, nervous stress, mild depression, shock.

Subtle uses: Promotes clarity in communication. Supports a healthy self-esteem. Promotes inspiration and insights.

Notes: Use Peppermint in a 1-5% dilution. May be sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy and nursing. Do not use with children under 3 years of age.

*Chemical components: Chemical component percentages may vary. Manifest Essentials offers a Certificate of Analysis for review.

Methods of Use

Shower: After showering, while your skin is still wet, put 1-3 drops of essential oil in the palm of one of your hands and rub your hands together. Quickly and evenly spread the essential oil over your legs, arms, and torso. Avoid sensitive-skin areas. For maximum skin hydration and to seal in moisture, apply cream, lotion or body oil directly to damp skin.

Foot bath: Mix 1-3 drops of essential oil in 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. Set aside. Fill a tub (deep enough to cover your feet and ankles) with warm water. Add the essential oil mixture, stir well, and immerse your feet for 10-15 minutes. Breathe in the aroma and massage your feet.

Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion, apply to upper chest and upper back.

Diffusion: Follow diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with therapeutic aroma.
Easy alternatives when you don’t have a diffuser:
Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on several cotton balls or tissues; place nearby or tuck into the grate of fan or air vent in your home or car.

Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)

Hot water inhalation: Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a small bowl of hot water. Keeping your eyes tightly closed, lean over the bowl and breathe in deeply yet gently, pause then exhale. Continue for 30 seconds. Inhale through your nose for respiratory or sinus conditions and through your mouth for throat issues or coughs. Repeat as desired.

 

Skin Mist: Mix 10-40 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting the mist into the eyes.

Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.

 

Uses are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.

Caution with internal use. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.

Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of body, mind, and spirit. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)