Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint essential oil has a cooling, refreshing scent that is thought to focus the mind and body, providing mental clarity. Peppermint essential oil is also good for those of us who suffer from digestive system complaints and flatulence.
Little known fact: Peppermint oil was used by the ancient Egyptians, has been found in several Egyptian pyramids, and was documented back to 1,000 BC. Very much like the pyramids, this oil has stood the test of time.
What does Peppermint oil smell like?
Like most mints, Peppermint has a menthol, refreshing fragrance. As Peppermint is found in many dental hygiene products, its fragrance may remind you of mouthwash or toothpaste.
Where does Peppermint oil originate from?
The flowering tops of the Metha Piperita are steam distilled to produce this invigorating essential oil. A cross between Watermint and Spearmint, Peppermint is a hybrid mint indigenous to the Middle East and Europe, but is now grown globally.
What are the properties of Peppermint oil?
Peppermint has natural anti-inflammatory, expectorant and invigorating properties. Peppermint oil is a great mood lifter, and can also help alleviate the symptoms of common colds and congestion. Its stimulating and analgesic properties make it very effective for neuralgia, muscular pains, migraines and headaches. The oil can also relieve itchiness, promote hair growth and naturally repel bugs and mosquitoes.
Peppermint essential oil can help the following ailments:
- Muscular aches and pains
How to use Peppermint oil
As a first aid measure to toothache, apply a few drops of peppermint oil to the tooth cavity and massage around that troublesome gum.
Peppermint is a natural energiser and a great alternative to drinking coffee in a morning. Simply diffuse a few drops of peppermint to awaken your senses and get yourself ready to tackle the day. It also helps to lift any mental fog by stimulating cognitive thoughts.
Do you suffer from hayfever? Mix Peppermint with a carrier oil and apply topically to the chest, temples and the back of the neck to relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Add 5 drops of peppermint to your bath with epsom salt to relieve muscle and joint pain, and alleviate the symptoms of DOMS.
Peppermint oil recipes
DIY sugar scrub for lips
For kissably soft lips, try this all natural sugar scrub, or even mix and match your favourite oils to plump, soothe or soften. We love the combination of peppermint and orange in this version, which lifts the spirits and leaves you with a slight tingle on your lips. It’s also great as a quick breath freshener.
First blent the peppermint and orange oil together, then simply stir the below ingredients together and massage into your lips in small circles. When you’ve had enough and your lips feel fantastic, just lick the scrub away - don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone. This recipe makes around half a cup of scrub, so make sure you have a few small storage containers to hand.
- 4 teaspoons brown sugar
- 3 teaspoons virgin coconut oil
- 3 teaspoons of Honey
- 2 drops Peppermint oil
- 2 drops Orange oil
Diffuser blend for the common cold
If you’re feeling run down, congested and full of cold, this is the blend for you. Lemon and peppermint ease the symptoms of a cold, while clove and frankincense soothe the throat and nasal passage.
Before you add these oils to a diffuser, take a small, clean bottle and drop the essential oils into it. Roll the bottle between your hands in a swift motion to blend the oils together. Then, add to your diffuser or burner as per the manufacturer's instructions.
This blend can also double up as a massage oil. Simply mix with 4 tsp of carrier oil and massage over you body for toned, refreshed skin.
- 2 drops Lemon oil
- 2 drops Peppermint oil
- 2 drops Frankincense oil
- 2 drops Clove oil
Oils to compliment Peppermint oil
Due to peppermint’s powerful aroma, it does not blend well with other essences.That being said, if used it small quantities, it can accompany the following essential oils:
- Clary sage
Anything to note?
Use peppermint essential oil in the lowest concentration as it may cause irritation to sensitive skin. Avoid using during the first trimester or pregnancy, as it may be a little overstimulating. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dark place. Do not ingest. Do not apply to the skin without first diluting with a carrier oil.