Cultivated worldwide, this perennial herb has been used in areas such as Europe and Asia for centuries. In Egypt, it has been discovered in tombs dating back to 1000 BC. Peppermint’s popularity in industries such as culinary and cosmetics have soared due to its compellingly fresh, minty aroma and flavor. With so many essential oils to choose from, it may be hard to decide which one is a must-have for your home, but Peppermint is definitely on our list and here’s why!
Steam distilled from the leaves of the Mentha x piperita, Peppermint’s aroma is minty and herbaceous. When applied to the skin, it creates a cooling effect. This is due to a naturally occurring compound in Peppermint called menthol which affects certain cold-sensitive nerve receptors in the skin and tissues. Because of this cooling property, menthol has been used to help ease minor sore throats, minor muscle aches and pains, muscle cramps, indigestion, arthritis, itching, and as a decongestant.
Peppermint’s natural properties have also been shown to be an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, viricide, anti-bacterial and an insect-repellent. In a double-blind, placebo controlled study in 2007, peppermint oil, when taken in enteric-coated capsules, was shown to help improve symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Another study in 2011 again resulted in evidence suggesting that peppermint oil was helpful for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However, when taken in too large amount peppermint oil may cause heartburn. It has also been shown to help relieve headaches when used diluted and applied to the hairline and neck.
Can’t wait to try Peppermint essential oil yourself? Get it now at www.plantlife.net and try out on such recipes such as a room spray (helps repel spiders! Recipe below) or in a diffuser to help create a cooling atmosphere!
Love peppermint but don’t want to use the essential oil? Check out these other products that use peppermint essential oil:
- Peppermint Aromatherapy Herbal Soap
- Rejuvenate Massage Oil
- Rejuvenate Therapeutic Mineral Bath Salt
- Fresh Mint Body Oil
Create your own room spray to help repel spiders and create a cool environment in your home! Combine 5 to 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil with distilled water in a spray bottle. Spray in corners or in areas spiders are likely to make a home. Spray as needed.
Please Note: This information is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. Never use undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin, always perform a small patch test with the diluted essential oil to an insensitive part of the skin.