After a brief hiatus, we here at Flowers to Fragrance are excited to bring you yet another informative and useful profile on one of the many essential oils used in holistic healthcare practices. This time around, we will be detailing an essential oil from a very well known plant: peppermint! Though much more popular for its usage in flavouring chewing gum and hard candy, peppermint is also very effective in helping with a variety of different aspects of physical and mental health and wellness, particularly in its most concentrated form.
Available in our store and from many other sources, peppermint essential oil is primarily used for its strong and recognizable fragrance, but the following information will show how it can help with much more than providing a pleasant aroma or concealing an unpleasant one.
Circulatory/glandular: provides cooling when hot and warmth when cold, encourages perspiration, effective in treating anemia, cholera, fainting, palpitations, viral herpes and heat exhaustion. Helps to stimulate lymph & tissue fluid circulation as well as stimulating spinal & cerebral fluid.
Digestive: alleviates sea/travel/motion sickness, stomach pain/indigestion & acute digestive conditions, effective in treating, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, bloating, halitosis, colic, nausea and stomach cramping.
Menstrual: effective in treating scanty menstruation, painful periods and mastitis, prevents milk forming, relieves breast engorgement, regulates ovaries, facilitates delivery, alleviates morning sickness. SAFETY NOTE: in general, essential oils – due to their concentration – should not be used by pregnant mothers and babies, but studies have shown that peppermint is safe following the 16 week mark.
Muscular/skeletal: stimulates numb limbs and is useful in treating, rheumatism, lumbago, contusions, sciatica and joint, muscle & foot pain while also being effective for general pain relief.
Nervous/psychological: soothes temperament, aids in focus, effective in treating depression, vertigo, Bells Palsy, jet lag, dizziness, fainting, headaches and migraines.
Respiratory: fights colds, fevers, dry coughs, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, flu, infection, inflammation and congestion.
Skin: effective in treating irritation, inflammation, acne & blackheads, ringworm, scabies, sunburn, bruises and greasy skin.
As mentioned earlier, avoid the usage of peppermint and other essential oils on pregnant mothers (before 16 weeks) and babies. It should also be noted that undiluted peppermint oil can be very irritating to the skin even in very small doses, so one should always use a carrier oil or lotion if using peppermint dermally, and avoided altogether in bathwater. In general, peppermint oil is safest when used in a diffuser. As always, you can learn more about the general usage and safety precautions of essential oils via this post on our website.