Peppermint Essential Oil
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Top Note : Group 1 : mixes well with other Group 1 oils or Groups 2 & 7 oils

Plant Description:
Peppermint plants grow to about 2 - 3 feet tall. They bloom from July through August, sprouting tiny purple flowers in whorls and terminal spikes. Dark
green, fragrant leaves grow opposite white flowers. Peppermint is native to Europe and Asia, is naturalized to North America, and grows wild in moist,
temperate areas. Some varieties are indigenous to South Africa, South America, and Australia.

What's It Made Of?:
The leaves and stems, which contain menthol, a volatile oil, are used medicinally, as a flavoring in food, and in cosmetics (for fragrance).

General:
Peppermint, Mentha piperita, generally thrives in moist, shaded locations, and expands quickly by underground stolons. It is often grown in containers
to restrict rapid spreading. It grows best with a good supply of water, and is often planted in areas with part-sun to shade.

The leaves and flowering tops are used, they are collected as soon as the flowers begin to open and then are carefully dried. The wild form of the plant
is less suitable for this purpose, with cultivated plants having been selected for more and better oil content. Seeds sold at stores labelled peppermint
generally will not germinate into true peppermint, but often produce a less intensely scented spearmint-like plant. The true peppermint rarely produce
seeds, and only by fertilization from a spearmint plant, which contributes only their own spearmint genes that dilutes down the scent and flavour.

Peppermint  has been used by many ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians, no doubt because of its extremely
useful health-promoting properties. Peppermint has been a popular flavoring for gum, toothpaste, and tea, is also used to soothe an upset stomach or
to aid in digestion. Because it has a calming and numbing effect, it has been used to treat headaches, skin irritations, anxiety associated with
depression, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs, used to treat symptoms of the common cold. In
test tubes, peppermint kills some types of bacteria and viruses, suggesting it may have antibacterial and antiviral properties. A number of studies
support the use of peppermint for indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.

Precautions:
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and can interact
with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care provider.

Do not take peppermint or drink peppermint tea if you have gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD -- a condition where stomach acids back up into
the esophagus) or hiatal hernia. Peppermint can relax the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus, allowing stomach acids to flow back into the
esophagus. (The sphincter is the muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach.) By relaxing the sphincter, peppermint may actually make
the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion worse.

Pregnant or nursing mothers should avoid peppermint and peppermint tea.

Never apply peppermint oil to the face of an infant or small child, as it may cause spasms that inhibit breathing.
Peppermint may make gallstones worse.

Large doses of peppermint oil can be toxic. Pure menthol is poisonous and should never be taken internally. It is important not to confuse oil and
tincture preparations.

Menthol or peppermint oil applied to the skin can cause a rash.

Applications Tips
1. Rub 4-6 drops in the palm and rub over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.

2. Add a drop of Peppermint oil to herbal tea to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.

3. Massage several drops of Peppermint oil on the area of injury to reduce inflammation.

4. Apply Peppermint essential oil immediately to an injured area (bruised shin, hit on the foot or hand) to relieve pain. If there is a cut, apply the
Peppermint essential oil around (not on) the open wound.

5. Rub several drops of Peppermint oil on the bottoms of the feet to reduce fever.

6. Apply a drop of Peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.

7. For poison ivy or poison oak, apply Peppermint oil on location neat or dilute with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil.

8. Inhale Peppermint oil before and during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.

9. Massage several drops of Peppermint oil on the abdomen to relieve nausea

10. To relieve a headache, rub a drop of Peppermint oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (stay away from the eyes) and on the back of the
neck.

11. To stop hiccups, apply a drop of Peppermint oil on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the large vertebra at the base of
the neck).

12. Place two drops of Peppermint oil on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness and concentration.

13. Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy. Inhale Peppermint oil while taking a test to improve recall.

14. Rub 4 drops of Peppermint oil on chest and stomach to relieve travel sickness.

15. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.

16. Add Peppermint oil to food as a flavoring and a preservative.

17. To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place two drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place along the path or point of entry for these
pests.

18. Mix one 15 ml. bottle of Peppermint oil into a 5 gallon can of paint to dispel the fumes.

19. Place a couple of drops of Peppermint oil in a cup of hot water and enjoy in place of coffee.

20. To kill aphids, add 4-5 drops of Peppermint oil to 4 ounces of water and spray the plants.

21. Drink a drop of Peppermint oil mixed in a glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day.

22. Rub Peppermint oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain.

23. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue to stop bad breath.

24. Inhale the fragrance of Peppermint oil to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.

25. Remove ticks by applying a drop of Peppermint oil on a cotton swab and swabbing the tick. Wait for it to un-hedge its head and remove from your
pet.

26. Mix Peppermint essential oil in a footbath to relieve sore feet. Keep water agitated while soaking feet.

27. As an herb, Peppermint is a popular for relaxing the intestinal tract and relieving gas pains. It is effective for easing nausea, vomiting, heartburn,
morning sickness, irritable bowel syndrome, and colitis.

Note: Dried herbs have unique healing properties not found in fresh plants or essential oils. A dried herb has the heavier, non-volatile oils and the
precipitated residues of evaporated fluids, but will be missing 95% of the aromatic oils.


RECIPES:

Foot Massage Oil
Peppermint - 3 Drops
Lavender ---- 4 Drops
Rosemary --- 5 Drops
Grapeseed Oil – 30 mL

Blend oils together and use as a foot massage oil after a long walk or run.


Ease Breathing when Congested
Peppermint Oil – 7 Drops
Sage Oil ---------- 6 Drops
Thyme Oil -------- 6 Drops
Lemon Oil -------- 5 Drops

Use 15 to 20 drops of blend in a standard size aroma lamp or diffuser.


Indigestion Relief
Peppermint Oil – 9 Drops
Fennel Oil -------- 6 Drops
Carrier Oil -------- 30 mL

Mix essential oils with carrier oil and warm slightly then massage into painful area.


Refresh Your Spirit
Peppermint Oil – 10 Drops
Lime Oil ----------- 18 Drops
Orange Oil -------   2 Drops
Grapeseed Oil --- 30 mL

Mix essential oils with carrier oil and place 15 to 20 drops in a standard size aroma lamp or diffuser. Or create a mist spray by adding 1 drop per ml (30
drops per oz of liquid). The liquid can be distilled water.
References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peppermint
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/peppermint-000269.htm
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