Peppermint; Mentha piperita
Peppermint is a must have in any home pharmacy!
* Use Only Medical-Grade Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita)
This Peppermint is best for skin application, as it's got a lot of 'bite' to it for topical skin activation. The other Peppermint (from Savitur, from India) is sweeter to the taste. BOTH can be interchanged, as necessary.
Peppermint acts in the body as a bronchial dilator and vasodiolator, meaning that it “opens” up the lungs and veins, bringing more air in the lungs and more blood to the brain. Therefore, Peppermint acts as a great mental stimulant and is believed to improve memory. In Japan and Germany, Peppermint and Lemon oils are used in the workplace to increase efficiency and productivity! Therefore, Peppermint is a great remedy for sleepiness, fatigue, mental doldrums, a hangover, and even to keep you alert while driving.
Peppermint was historically used as a diaphoretic meaning, to induce sweating. On a hot summer day, Peppermint instantly cools the body down. This magic mint oil is also extremely beneficial for women in menopause during hot flashes. However, Peppermint can be irritating for some people when applied “neat”, or undiluted to the skin. To check your sensitivity, test 1 drop on the inner forearm.
For respiratory support and mental clarity, apply a single drop to the palm, rub the hands together, and inhale 3-5 times.
Pain Relief: For sore muscles or fresh bruises, use 2 drops of Peppermint on the skin. This may cause a burning sensation, so if you have sensitive skin, add 1 drop of Peppermint to 1/4 cup of pure lotion, and then apply.
Heartburn: Place 1 drop of Peppermint oil on hand. Lick the drop of oil. Peppermint neutralizes stomach acid and therefore, works well for hyper-acidity, gastric re-flux, heartburn, etc.
Nausea: Place 3 drops Peppermint and 3 drops Lemon on a cloth. Bring cloth close to the nose and take 5 deep breaths. Repeat as needed.
Headache: Rub 3 drops Peppermint and 3 drops Lavender to the back of the neck. Dilute in 2 Tablespoons of lotion if you are sensitive.
Sinus Congestion: mix 2 drops Peppermint and 2 drops Eucalyptus Globulus into 10 drops olive oil, rub mixture into nostrils with Q-tip. For inhalation: put 2 drops on cloth and inhale 5 deep breaths.
Use Peppermint Oil with Caution.
Use Peppermint in a 5-10% dilution for children under 12 (5-10 drops of Peppermint to 100 drops of lotion or carrier oil).
Peppermint can be irritating if used directly on the skin. If you are sensitive, dilute your Peppermint oil before using.
Do not use peppermint in the bath or with water.
Do not use Peppermint while pregnant or nursing.
Use Peppermint Oil with caution if you have asthma.