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Peppermint Essential Oil is so amazingly wonderful and incredibly aromatic. As an herb, its full of flavor and the topical uses have made it one my favorite topical essential oils. Peppermint has been known for it’s minty fresh scent that’s used in baking, toothpaste, and of course the twisted colored candy cane.
I’m excited to tell the about the benefits peppermint essential oil has an an essential oil, both topically and aromatically.
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Disclaimer I am not a doctor nor a certified aromatherapist. Please use your essential oils with caution. Read full disclaimer here.
A Little History
Peppermint typically grows wild in many areas of the world. It stands between 1-3 feet tall with pale violet flowers. The peppermint plant cannot reproduce on its own. The soil must be propagated through the root system. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowering herb.
Mint was known to be propagated in England before the 17th century. While there are several strains of mint, peppermint grown in northern regions are of supreme quality.
This herb has been used by the Chinese for medicinal purposes including teas and pain. Also, Peppermint was found among the tombs of the Egyptians.
Topical and Olfactory Uses
Peppermint is considered to be an analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, anticonvulsive, anti-depressent, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, decongestant, antiviral, stimulant, and cephalic. In addition, Peppermint essential oil repels insects and is an anti-bacterial. This list is not exhaustive.
This can be applied neat (without dilution) or mixed with a carrier oil. Some possible benefits of topical application include herpes relief, acne relief, toothache relief, ringworm, scabies and aging skin.
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Bug Repellent Blend
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
3 drops Citronella Essential Oil
2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
2 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
-Blend these together in a glass sprayer bottle with witch hazel and a carrier oil to make a fantastic bug spray.
Putting peppermint oil in a diffuser or lamp ring will not only make your home smell good, it will lift your mood and motivate you. This oil can be put into an inhaler and breathed in for relief or nose congestion.
It’s been used to treat digestion issues, put into body products, relieve pain and soothe itchy skin (great for eczema). More than once, I have used this to calm my upset stomach. I put one drop under my tongue and within a few minutes, my upset stomach is gone.
Purple flowers of the peppermint plant
Peppermint essential oil pairs well with Lavender, Sweet Orange, Eucalyptus, Sage, Rosemary, Lime, Bergamot, and Marjoram.
I hope you’ve been inspired to incorporate Peppermint essential oil into your daily routine. What are your favorite ways to use Peppermint essential oil? Comment below.
Have a blessed day!