Essential Oil – Peppermint
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Peppermint Essential Oil
Plant/Part Herb/Leaves and flowering tops
Latin Name Mentha Piperita
Strongly piercing, sharp, menthol fragrance.
Native to Europe but also grows in Japan and the USA. The stem reaches to about 3 feet and has slightly hairy serrated leaves with purple spiked flowers. Very useful as an insect repellent, especially ants.
Like many herbs it was known to the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. The latter crowned themselves with Peppermint at feasts, aware of its detoxifying effects no doubt. However they used it as an ingredient of wine. It was used as a perfume component amongst the Hebrews because of its aphrodisiac properties. It has been cultivated commercially in England since 1750.
Its cooling nature seems to relieve states of anger, hysteria and nervous trembling. Excellent for mental fatigue and depression.
Has a dual action – cooling when hot and warming when cold. This makes it a good remedy for colds and fevers. Useful in respiratory disorders. Reputedly has an effect on asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia. Its action on the digestive system is paramount. Deals with vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation, flatulence, gallstones and travel sickness. Stimulating properties are valuable for general numbness of the limbs, as well as shock, vertigo, anaemia, dizziness and fainting. Its cooling and pain relieving action seems to ease headaches, migraines and toothache. Excellent for aching feet. Use for scanty menstruation, painful periods.
Effect on skin
Use to relieve itching, inflammation and sunburn. Good for greasy skin and dandruff.
Cedarwood, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Rosemary, Scots Pine, Spearmint.
Essential Oils to Avoid
Diabetes – Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon
Epilepsy – Eucalyptus, Fennel, Rosemary, Sage
High Blood Pressure – Rosemary
Pregnancy – Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Turmeric
Avoid all essential oils during the first three months of pregnancy.
Skin Sensitivity – Black pepper, Citronella, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Turmeric
Photosensitising Oils – Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin and Tangerine
They react to ultraviolet light making the skin more sensitive.
Avoid stimulants after using essential oils, especially alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. An aftercare advice sheet should be available after your first treatment.