Peppermint Essential Oil

So for the first single oil I am starting with Peppermint- mainly because it has a ton of great uses and many are perfect for the spring/summer season as bugs become an issue.

The first thing I want to mention is actually a caution: please do NOT use peppermint essential oil if pregnant! It is not toxic but rather has emmenagogue action (promotes and regulates menstrual flow). While it may be safe diluted, later in pregnancy let’s just go with better safe than sorry on this one.

Sorry to start off negative but I know a lot of people who are pregnant and I want to make sure that notice is not lost in the rest of what I post.

 

So now on to the happiness about Peppermint essential oil!  Boy did I learn a lot about it while researching for this article. One great things about doing weekly posts is that I am going to learn a TON more than I already did about oils.

History:

We know Peppermint was known to the Egyptians, who dedicated mint to the god Horus. By the seventeenth century it had self-hybridized into over 20 varieties, and now grows wild over 3 continents, including the U.S.  It was noted back in 1879 in the British Medical Journal that it smelled of menthol and relieved headaches, nerve pain, and was argued to even be an aphrodisiac.

The therapeutic properties of peppermint oil are practically limitless and include (but are not limited to): analgesic, anesthetic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, and vasoconstrictor. Wow! Tons of big words there.

Its uses are as easily as limitless:

Peppermint oil’s best use to me is as a spider repellent! I mix a small glass bottle with vinegar and about 10 drops of peppermint and spray liberally around my doors, windows and around the base of our home. The great thing is that if we see pests inside we can spray it indoors without worry of reactions by our children. Since starting this treatment we have had NO pest issues in our home, ants, spiders, cockroaches ANY pests. We do still get the occasional gecko so I know there are bugs around my home, I just don’t see any IN it.

Peppermint oil is the perfect remedy for depression, headaches, migraines, and stress. It is also great for the respiratory tract and helps with congestion and coughs. Even if you are having tummy issues Peppermint is a great go to! It is said to help with stimulating the gall bladder (wish I knew this before mine was taken out) and can be used for symptoms with colic, cramps, general nausea, along with your general aches and pains. It also can help reduce inflammation and redness for skin ailments, including sunburn, as a light application can have a cooling effect (too much it gets hot).

How to Use:

The best/safest use for any essential oil is aromatically, get a diffuser and put a few drops of oil in it, allow to run while you are sleeping or in your house all day long. Remember heating your oils can destroy their natural abilities to work with your body- basically turning them into perfumes versus actual holistic helpers. You can also add a drop or two into your bath to help with the aches and pains issues. And you can apply topically if using care and only a drop or so in a tablespoon of a carrier oil (i.e. coconut oil).

 

I really hope this helps get you started with Peppermint Oil, and maybe even lights a fire in you to learn more. I know as I am just starting to do more research for these articles I am already learning tons and looking forward to a deeper knowledge and understanding of how these oils work with our bodies versus against them.

As always- I am NOT a health care professional of ANY kind. Just a simple stay at home mom trying to learn more and do better for my children. If you have any questions about specific ailments you or your family has and the best use of essential oils for that I recommend your healthcare professional or a Certified Aromatherapist.

 

Some Great Places to Read More:

http://www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/peppermint.htm

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/aromatherapy/aromatherapy-peppermint.htm