|Latin Name:||Mentha piperita|
Description: Peppermint in general is light, invigorating, and cooling. This particular Peppermint hails from France, and because of this has an additional leafy-green note that is followed by a candy-cane like sweetness that many find highly enjoyable.
When people think of Peppermint, they think of headache & migraine relief. While certainly particularly useful for headaches, it is actually a rather versatile essential oil. This essential oil is considered to be one of the fundamental "Top Ten" essential oils, and you'll see why as you continue reading.
The more common ailments this essential oil is used for include: general muscle pain, headaches & migraines, congestion, stomach cramps, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, sore throats, and bad breath (note: none of these are treated through ingestion).
As for the less common uses In skin care, Peppermint is useful for treating acne, dermatitis, eczema, bruises, inflammation, and rashes. It is considered to be a skin detoxifier, and will assist in the removal of blackheads while cooling the skin. Inhaled, this essential oil may be used to curb and soothe asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis, sinusitis, and spasmodic & dry coughing. When applied topically, Peppermint will help ease neuralgia, sciatica, arthritis, and rheumatism. Additionally, when used during a bout of flu, it will cool when hot, and warm when cold.
When ailments of the mind begin to pop up, Peppermint has been shown to be effective in combating mental exhaustion, nervous stress, vertigo, depression, poor concentration, confusion, hysteria, panic, shock, irritability, and general 'rundown' feelings.
Energetically, Peppermint is quite the powerhouse. It is believed to activate the Higher Mind which has the ability to calm memories of hysteria, terror, and fears of the unknown. It 'cools' resistance to new information that may challenge existing knowledge, and encourages clarity in communication. It is used to aid in the discovering of an individual's hidden gifts and strengths, and can assist in dispelling the ego while overcoming feelings of inferiority. This essential oil may assist in increasing sensitivity, awareness, and perception, even in dreams. Peppermint is commonly found in purification blends, and may be used to promote healthy self-esteem, integrity, ones ethics, and inspiration.
On a final note, Peppermint has been noted to intensify the effects of other essential oils it is blended with. Pending on the blend this can be either very beneficial, or less than ideal. We suggest being mindful when making blends containing Peppermint.
Contraindications: Strong dilution is recommended, particularly for facial care products. Do not use on small children. Avoid use on those with epilepsy. Not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy, or when breast feeding.