Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita) is extracted from the leaves of the plant by the process of steam distillation.
Peppermint is a perennial plant that belongs to the family of Lamiaceae. It grows to a height of 12-35 inch. The flowers are purple in colour, while leaves and stems are hairy in nature. The leaves are collected soon the plants start flowering and is dried for the extraction of oils from it.
Benefits of Peppermint Oil:
The main chemical constituents of Peppermint essential oil are Menthol, Menthone and other constituents. Menthol is known to be analgesic and is thus beneficial for reducing pain such as headaches, muscle aches, and inflammation. Menthone is known to be analgesic as well, but it is also believed to show antiseptic activity. Its invigorating properties lend the oil its energizing effects.
Used medicinally, Peppermint essential oil has been found to eliminate harmful bacteria, relieve muscle spasms and flatulence, disinfect and soothe inflamed skin and to release muscle tension when used in a massage.
When diluted in a Carrier Oil like Oleia Pure Oil and rubbed into the feet, it can work as a natural effective fever reducer.
Used topically, Peppermint acts as an astringent that closes pores and tightens the skin. It's cooling and warming sensations make it an effective anesthetic that leaves the skin numb to pain and calms redness and inflammation. It has traditionally been used as a cooling chest rub to relieve congestion.
Uses of Peppermint Oil:
In a diffuser, Peppermint oil can help to enhance relaxation, concentration, memory, energy and wakefulness.
For increased focus and concentration, mix Peppermint Oil and Rosemary Oil on a 2:1 ratio. Blend oils thoroughly in a separate bottle. Based on diffuser manufacturer’s instructions, add the appropriate number of drops of the blended oil to your diffuser.
When used topically in homemade moisturisers, the cooling and calming effects of Peppermint essential oil can relieve sore muscles. Historically, it has been used to reduce itchiness and the discomfort of inflammation, headaches, and joint pains.
Well-known for its anti-microbial and anti-fungal qualities, a few drops of the oil can be added to homemade spray cleaners and spritzed on areas that are particularly in need of anti-bacterial care, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Peppermint makes an effective and natural deterrent for house pests and insects.
Peppermint Oil blends well with Tea Tree Oil, Rosemary Oil and Lavender Oil.
We do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils. Pregnant and nursing women must seek the advice of a health care practitioner before using essential oils . Those taking prescription drugs are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use.
It should never be used around the eyes, inner ears, and any sensitive areas. Due to its stimulant properties, using Peppermint oil daily could interfere with sleep patterns.