Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded of all herbs, and has been an integral part of herbal medicine for thousands of years. It has a very wide range of uses, from soothing digestion to improving concentration and mental accuracy.
Pure, therapeutic grade peppermint oil is timeless in its uses, and has many yet-to-be-discovered benefits.
About peppermint oil:
Medicinally, peppermint creates potent outcomes. There are more than 30 different compounds in pure peppermint oil, each in varying amounts, creating a synergistic masterpiece of biological activity.
Peppermint oil was used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans, as well as many other groups throughout history. Today, it is very widely used in foods, candies, gums, dental products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. In fact, it may well be one of the most readily recognizable scents and flavors.
However, because of essential oils, like peppermint, gaining mainstream acceptance, it is more important than ever before to avoid essential oils that are impure or of inferior quality. In today’s economy, anything that is widely accepted tends to get mass produced; but, with high volume production processes, there is generally a sacrifice of quality and purity for the sake of the bottom line.
What you must always bear in mind is that impurities or alterations of any kind will disrupt the delicate nature of the oil and diminish its brilliant qualities. For more than 100 years, physicians have understood the importance of this, and have used pure peppermint in the treatment of nasal congestion and sinusitis.
Key properties of peppermint oil
- Alcohol (menthol 43%),
- Keytone (menthone 15%)
Some of the therapeutic properties of peppermint include: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, expectorant and stimulant.
Common uses for peppermint oil
Peppermint oil can be used for its calming effect to relieve stress and tension. It is also effective for relieving the headaches associated with stress or digestive upset, as well as for migraines. Just apply a few drops to the back of the neck for stress, or to the temples to relieve a headache.
During the cold and flu season, peppermint can really prove itself to you. It works well in reducing fever (just apply a few drops to the bottom of the feet). It is also great at opening and clearing sinus and respiratory congestion. It relieves headaches, diarrhea and nausea, and can bring a wide range of comforts to the misery of colds and flu. (I’d hate to be sick without it.)
For digestive issues, like diarrhea, nausea, motion sickness, stomach ache or colic, simply massage a 1-2% dilution of peppermint, mixed in ractionated coconut oil, over the abdomen.
Peppermint is an excellent insect repellent, especially when mixed with eucalyptus before application. During the summer months, it offers the added benefits of being very cooling, making hot weather much more bearable.
The fragrance of peppermint oil is uplifting and invigorating. Applied topically, this oil is very soothing to tired, sore muscles. It has analgesic properties, and can be helpful for menstrual problems or skin disorders.
Other uses for peppermint oil
- Rub 4-6 drops in the palm and rub over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
- Add a drop of peppermint oil to herbal tea, to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.
- Massage several drops of peppermint oil on the area of injury, to reduce inflammation.
- Apply peppermint oil immediately to an injured area (bruised shin, hit on the foot or hand) to relieve pain. If there is a cut, apply the peppermint oil around (not on) the open wound.
- Apply a drop of peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin, to stop itching.
- For poison ivy or poison oak, apply peppermint oil on location — neat, or dilute with doTerra’s fractioned coconut oil.
- Inhale peppermint oil before and during a workout, to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
- To relieve a headache, rub a drop of peppermint oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (being very careful to avoid the eyes) and on the back of the neck.
- To stop hiccups, apply a drop of peppermint oil on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the large vertebra at the base of the neck).
- Place two drops of peppermint oil on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness and concentration. (Note: be careful not to swallow right away; allow the oil to completely dissolve on the tongue before swallowing.)
- Diffuse peppermint oil in the room while studying, to improve concentration and accuracy. Inhale peppermint oil while taking a test, to improve recall.
- Rub 4 drops of peppermint oil on chest and stomach, to relieve travel sickness.
- Place a drop of peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold. It may also be applied over the sinus areas (or to the sinus Vita-Flex points on the feet).
- Add peppermint oil to food as a flavoring and a preservative.
- To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place two drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball, and place along the path or point of entry for these pests.
- Mix one 15 ml bottle of peppermint oil into a 5 gallon can of paint to dispel the fumes.
- Place a couple of drops of peppermint oil in a cup of hot water, and enjoy in place of coffee.
- To kill aphids, add 4-5 drops of peppermint oil to 4 ounces of water in a spray bottle, shake well and spray the plants.
- Drink a drop of peppermint oil, mixed in a glass of cold water, to cool off on a hot day.
- Rub peppermint oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain.
- Place a drop of peppermint oil on the tongue to stop bad breath. May also be massaged over the liver, if the bad breath is liver related.
- Inhale the fragrance of peppermint oil to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.
- Remove ticks by applying a drop of peppermint oil on a cotton swab and swabbing the tick. (Wait for it to unhedge its head before removing from your pet.)
- Mix peppermint oil in a footbath to relieve sore feet. (Keep water agitated while soaking feet.)
Peppermint oil has another interesting characteristic: If you mix a drop of it with another blend of essential oils, or layer it over other aromatherapy applications, it helps the body to absorb the oils’ constituents more quickly. This has the effect of driving the oils more deeply into the tissues, enhancing their overall effect.
Use DoTerra’s CPTG (Certified Pure Therapuetic Grade) essential oil in sweet slices and food for extra befefits.