Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
Steam distilled from whole plant
Pale yellow to colourless, with a super fresh, pungent, menthol, mint note.
This is one oil we are often consuming internally in small doses through its use in confectionary and oral hygiene products, but it has been used in the treatment of skin issues for millennia as well. It is one oil that the saying ‘a little goes a long way’ applies very well to. It is used on many levels of healing for topical, internal, and emotional assistance.
Clinical properties – analgesic (pain relieving), anesthetic (numbing), antiseptic, anti-galactagogue (reduces lactation), anti-parasitic (vermifuge), anti-phlogistic (moves fluids and helps to reduce inflammation), cordial (reviving and invigorating) antispasmodic, astringent, carminative (disperses digestive tract gas build up and helps expulsion), cephalic (increase alertness and clears the mind), cholagogue (increases the flow of bile), decongestant, emmenagogue (promotes menstruation), expectorant, febrifuge (alleviates fever), hepatic (will stimulate the Liver), nervine (nervous system assistant), stimulating, stomachic (promotes appetite and improves digestion), sudorific (sweat inducing), vasoconstrictor (constricts blood vessels).
Blends well with: Eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, marjoram.
Always do a Patch Test before use topically as everyone is different and will react uniquely to any product (natural or synthetic).
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For fever, nausea or headaches, add 2 drops to a bowl of cold water and wet a cloth to apply to the forehead, neck and nape (back of the neck). Rinse the cloth repeatedly and apply a cool cloth as needed.
For sunburn add 1ml to 30ml of coconut oil and apply by hand with gentle sweeping motions to the affected skin. Re-apply as needed every hour or so. Alternatively, add 5 drops to a cool bath and submerge for up to 5minutes. Air dry, wear loose clothing. Repeat every two or more hours if needed.
To improve concentration and awareness of ‘here and now’, apply a drop to each temple and the nape (back of the neck). Rub in lightly with circular motions while breathing deeply. This is especially helpful for anyone who is in the role of ‘carer’ to a sick, injured or convalescing person who needs constant observation and treatment. (dilute if you find you have a sensitivity to neat Peppermint oil)
For travel / motion sickness apply one drop to the top of the head and the middle of the diaphragm (blend with a carrier oil for children and sensitive skin types).
For muscular aches blend 30 drops with 30ml of Coconut Oil (or similar) and rub gently into the affected area. The analgesic effect of Peppermint can soothe pain. It provides a cool sensation, and then a gentle numbing of the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis which can sink down into muscle and tendon tissue providing relief.
For tonsillitis add one drop to 50ml of raw honey and mix well. Use a quarter of a teaspoon of the mixture on the back of the tongue and allow it to drip down and coat the throat and tonsils. Repeat up to six times an hour if needed. (children over 11 and adults…not for babies or young children) If you have Clove Bud oil you can swap it for Peppermint or add one drop of each to your mixture using double the amount of honey eg: 100ml.