Common Uses: Peppermint Japanese Essential Oil has long been credited as being useful in combating stomach ailments. It is also viewed as an antispasmodic and antimicrobial agent. This is largely due to its menthol content – typically 85%.
Peppermint has the reputation of being both invigorating yet relaxing.
Cautions: Peppermint Japanese Essential Oil can be sensitizing due to the menthol content.
Avoid use during pregnancy.
Tips for using peppermint essential oil
• For poison ivy or poison oak rash, apply peppermint oil to soothe the itching
• Inhale peppermint oil before a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue
• Hot Flushes: Breathe in the aroma of peppermint oil for about five minutes. Cools you quickly
• Congestion: Put a few drops in a bowl of warm water with the same number of drops of eucalyptus oil, for a natural decongestant. You may also use an essential oil warmer.
• Remove a tick: Apply a drop of peppermint oil to the tick and it will unlatch itself from the host, without leaving its head behind (a risk if you just pull at a tick)
• Mix a few drops of peppermint oil in a warm footbath to relieve sore, tired, hot or swollen feet.
Scientific name is Mentha x piperita. Peppermint originally came from Europe, but can now be found in backyards and gardens all over the world, as well as growing in the wild.
The modern peppermint plant is actually a hybrid of two original wild plants - water mint and spearmint - and has stronger medicinal properties than either of the two originals.
Studies and research have shown that aromatherapy can be beneficial to wellness of body and mind. Any statements or articles on Lavender Scents website are taken in whole or part from such studies and research.
Note from Lavender Scents: Used in Aroma Diffusers, Spritzers or in aromatherapy wraps that are heatable in a microwave. Do not take essential oils orally!