26 Aug About Peppermint Oil
The peppermint plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and was first described by Carl Linneaus in 1753.
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A high menthol content distinguishes the best quality Peppermint from other products. Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral health, Peppermint essential oil also helps to alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function.
Scientific Research on Peppermint Essential Oil
The scientific research on Peppermint essential oil reveals that…
- It shows “significant improvement” in symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) according to this study.
- It clearly reduces symptoms and demonstrates a clear improvement for indigestion.
- It’s been shown to have positive effects on pain.
- It’s been proven to enhance memory and increase alertness.
- It’s been shown to “increase cognitive performance while having a muscle-relaxing and mentally relaxing effect”.
Peppermint essential oil definitely has health benefits. It should definitely be one that you keep handy for stomach issues, head tension and minor aches, to promote alertness and memory, and as an addition to any natural cleaning solutions for your kitchen and home.
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- Use a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
- Take one to two drops in a Veggie Capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset.
- Add two to three drops to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.
- Place one drop in palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange and one Frankincense and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 . oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.
Peppermint Essential Oil Recipes
Combine 3 drops of peppermint oil with water or fractionated coconut oil and apply to the forehead and temples. Use frequently for ongoing relief.
Breath Freshener and Mouthwash
For minty-fresh breath, add one drop of peppermint to a cup of water and use it as a mouthwash. Add a drop of melalueca to promote tooth and gum health.
- 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil
- 4 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
- 8 oz. fractionated coconut oil
Add a drop or peppermint oil to your tea along with a teaspoon of honey. Or, try a drop of two of peppermint oil in a glass of milk. You can also mix 5 drops with a teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil and massage onto your upper abdomen.
- 6 Oz. Hot Water
- 1 Slice Fresh Lemon
- 1/2 Tbsp. Honey
- 1 Drop Lemon Essential Oil
- 1 Drop Peppermint Essential Oil
Combine all ingredients into a mug and stir until the honey is dissolved.
Yoga Mat Cleaner
- 3 parts water
- 1 part White Vinegar
- 10-30 drops Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca essential oil has great antibacterial properties)
- 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (you can use other essential oils that have antibacterial properties too like peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, or eucalyptus)
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Plant Part: Whole plant
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Description: Minty, hot, herbaceous
Main Chemical Components: Menthol