Benefits & Uses of Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil originates from the peppermint plant and is extracted by steam distillation. Our peppermint essential oil is sourced from India.
Peppermint essential oil is renowned for its stimulating, analgesic, digestive and cooling properties. It is a must-have in the household due to its multiple uses and benefits such as enhancing mood, easing headaches, relieving muscle aches, clearing blocked sinuses, supporting healthy digestion and treating skin conditions.
Here are some of the benefits of peppermint essential oil:
Uplifting:Invigorating and stimulating, peppermint essential oil refreshes us from fatigue and apathy. Gifting us with a fresh outlook, peppermint helps clear the mind and promote mental and emotional clarity. Take a few inhalations straight from the bottle or add a few drops to your diffuser to increase energy in the morning or to promote concentration throughout the day.
Eases minor headaches: Menthol, one of the key compound found in peppermint essential oil, has an analgesic and cooling action that can help ease headaches. For the relief of a minor headache mix 1 – 2 drops of peppermint oil in a small amount of carrier oil and massage into your neck and shoulders. The crisp cool scent will help you energise and re-focus, so you can get on with your day.
Relieves muscle aches: Peppermint is both cooling and heating and makes a wonderful analgesic remedy for tired and aching muscles. A lymphatic stimulant that can be incorporated for treatment of water retention and swelling. To a bowl of water add 2 drops of essential oil. For treating inflammation or to cool down use cold to room temperature water, for aching tight muscles use warm to hot water. Agitate a face washer in the water, wring out excess moisture and apply washer to the affected area, repeat two or three times as the compress cools down or warms up.
Helps clear congestion: Peppermint oil is an expectorant and used to clear a blocked nose and congested lungs. Steam inhalation sis beneficial to the respiratory system. Add 1 drop of essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water for steam inhalation. Caution due to risk of burns or scalding and keep eyes covered during treatment as peppermint steam may cause irritation
Supports digestion: Perhaps most famously prized as a digestive tonic, peppermint oil has anti-spasmodic, analgesic and carminative properties and is helpful for painful digestion, nausea, wind, irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal spasming. For massage applicationuse a 1% dilution; 20 drops per 100mls carrier oil maximum. Peppermint has a strong aroma and powerful effect therefore a small number of drops is enough to provide therapeutic effect.
Treats skin conditions: Peppermint essential oil has a cooling action and in very low dilutions can be useful in the treatment of sunburn, rashes and itchy skin.
Avoid during pregnancy and is not recommended for babies and small children. Peppermint oil is an antidote to homeopathic remedies and should be avoided during homeopathic treatment.
About the author: Alissa Geddes is a qualified Aromatherapist and Remedial Massage Therapist with over 13 years experience in the wellness industry. She is passionate about the healing properties of essential oils and positive impact on emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing.
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