Peppermint essential oil is another oil that has been used for centuries by many ancient cultures. It also helps the respiratory system and circulation, and is an anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. Peppermint even keeps mice, fleas and ants away! Properties:
Analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, cephalic, digestive, expectorant, astringent, febrifuge, emmenagogue, nervine. Aromatic application(Mind, Spirit and Body):
Peppermint essential oil is traditionally used for stomach upsets. It has an anti-spasmodic action which makes it helpful with colic, indigestion, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Dilute well and use as an aromatherapy massage over the stomach and abdomen in a clockwise direction. Drinking peppermint tea also helps! Helps relieve nausea so can be used for sea and travel sickness.
Good for getting rid of bad breath.
It is warming and stimulating and valuable for helping colds, flu and fevers. Up to 3 drops in a bath can help if you feel like you are coming down with something. It also works well when blended with lavender or marjoram. Cold compresses of peppermint (or once again peppermint blended with lavender!) on the temples and forehead can help relieve headaches. Can sometimes help with migraine.
Use as a steam inhalation for clearing your nose and sinuses.
Peppermint essential oil will clear the head making you feel fresh and bright.
It Can be used as an emergency treatment for shock - put a few drops on a tissue or inhale directly from the bottle. It is Very soothing and cooling for tired feet. It also makes a refreshing bath oil for cooling down your body in the summer.
Rats, mice and insects do not like the strong smell of peppermint. Sprinkle some drops along their runs and hopefully they will disappear! Also good as a mosquito deterrent.
Peppermint oil is a very refreshing skin tonic - but use in moderation.
It can help relieve skin irritations but at the same time can irritate sensitive skin!
It can be used to clean and decongest the skin if you suffer from acne.
Its mild antiseptic action helps control the bacteria on the surface of the skin.
Add 2 - 3 drops (depending on essential oil) into a teaspoon of honey, whole milk, vegetable oil or other dispersing/diluting agent then add to bath water once you are in the bath.
This method results in absorption through the skin, as well as inhalation of the volatilized essential oil.
Keep eyes closed!
Since essential oils are highly concentrated, most essential oils can not be applied directly to the skin without being diluted.
Do not apply on wounds, cuts or rashes. If found risky, stop using it.
Do not use more than 2-3 drops in each use.
Do not use with children under age.
Also best to avoid during pregnancy.
It is unwise to use this oil on your face - it can really make your eyes sting!
May be an irritant to people with sensitive skin.