Essential Oil – Peppermint

£4.50

10ml bottle

1 in stock

Peppermint Essential Oil

Plant/Part Herb/Leaves and flowering tops

Latin Name     Mentha Piperita

Note                Top

Extraction        Distillation

Aroma

Strongly piercing, sharp, menthol fragrance.

Features

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.

History

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.

Mind

Its cooling nature seems to relieve states of anger, hysteria and nervous trembling. Excellent for mental fatigue and depression.

Body

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.

Blends

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.

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