About our Peppermint Essential Oil
Latin name: Mentha Piperita
Country of origin: India
Plant part: leaves
Extraction method: steam distillation
Aroma profile: clean, crisp, minty fresh
Scent profile: strong
History: Peppermint has been used for millennia and dates back to ancient China and Japan. In these times it was used for aches and pains and digestive complaints. When Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in the Valley of the Kings in the 1920’s, there were many pots of oils and unguents that were placed in the burial chamber. It was quite common to put servants, jewels, food offerings, pets and other household items to help ease their passage to the afterlife. In the pots of oils and unguents there were traces of peppermint and other plants even after over 3,000 years! It would not have been a true essential oil at that time as such, but perhaps macerated peppermint mixed with olive oil. True essential oil distillation was not invented until the 11th century. However, if anyone could distill it would have been the Egyptians.
Blends well with: grapefruit, ginger, pine, cinnamon, lemon, cypriol, nutmeg, spearmint, thyme, oregano, cedar, eucalyptus, lemon, lime, copaiba, citronella, lemongrass, cypress, spruce, fir, vetiver, and elemi.
Peppermint is one of our top 10 oils, and is used in many typical preparations that we use every day like toothpaste, teas, gum, candy, deodorants and body products. It has been used throughout history as an oil that can be very cooling and refreshing, especially in a massage for helping to relieve muscles, and to help ease a throbbing head. Peppermint is powerful very long-lasting, so take care when blending. It can completely overtake a blend if you are not careful.
Safety and contra-indications: Use caution when using with the elderly and always dilute. It should not be used anywhere near the eye area or any mucous membranes as it can burn. NEVER apply neat (undiluted) to the skin. It should never be used in the first trimester of pregnancy, or when breastfeeding.
Child Safety: Peppermint is a very strong oil, and should not be used on children unless seriously diluted. It should not be used on babies at all, it is way too potent. There are other oils that are equally effective for children like lavender, chamomile and citrus. Kids are pretty rambunctious as it is, and to get them even more energized is not always wise!
Suggested use: A steam with peppermint can be useful for stuffiness and congestion, and in a diffuser it can make any space smell fresh and clean. Add a few drops of peppermint and 3 drops of ginger,10 drops of lemon and you have an amazing scent. Speaking of cleaning, it can be used for cleaning to make your home or business feel fresh and clean.
Take care: Do not apply without a carrier oil. Do not use with infants and children without instruction, and if so at a greatly diluted ratio of ½% or less. The recommendation for topical use is from 3 to 5 % for most people. However, take care if you are elderly or are ill. If you have a reaction to it, stop using and immediately contact a medical professional. Not for internal use unless under the guidelines of an aromatherapist. Remember that essential oils and absolutes are 75 to 100 times stronger than the plant they come from, so they are very different than an herbal or other natural preparation.
Your Peppermint Bottle Comes in Protective 10ml Amber (UV Blocking) glass essential oil bottle. European Dropper Cap included for easier dispensing.
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The Leading Aromatherapy Associations (Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association, Aromatherapy Trade Council, and others) all state that essential oils should not be taken internally (regardless of purity or organic origin) unless under the guidance of a health care practitioner trained at an appropriate level . As such, all of our oils carry a label warning that the product is NOT FOR INTERNAL USE.
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