Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita) has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.* Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint's supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint's role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint's ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint's ability to directly affect the brain's satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. This powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application. Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. It is also excellent to reduce inflammation and the menthol (34-44%) and methone (12-20%) create a cooling effect. Peppermint has an approximate ORAC of 373,455 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
Menthol — 34-44%
Menthone — 12-20%
Menthofurane — 4-9%
1.8 Cineol (Eucalyptol) — 2-5%
Pulegone — 205%
Menthyl Acetate — 4-19%
Historical Data: Peppermint is reputed to be part of the "Marseilles Vinegar" or "Four Theives Vinegar" used by grave-robbing bandits to protect themselves during the 15th century plague. A highly regarded digestive stimulant, Jean Valnet, MD, used pepermint to treat liver and respiratory diseases.
Peppermint is one of the oils used in Raindrop Theraphy and can also be found in our Everyday Oils Collection and Essential 7 Collection.
Fragrant Influence: Peppermint essential oil is purifying and stimulating to the consicous mind. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased mental accuracy by 28 percent. When inhaled, peppermint restores the sense of taste by stimulating the trigeminal nerve. University of Kiel rsearchers found that peppermint blocked headache pain in a double-blind placebo-controlled cross-over study.
Wellness Solutions: Peppermint essential oil may help arthritis, depression, skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, food poisoning, headaches, hives, hysteria, inflammation, morning sickness, nerve regeneration, rheumatism, elevate and open sensory system, ease the pain of toothaches, and kills tuberculosis bacillus according to Jean Valnet, M.D. Peppermint can also expel worms, is a decongestant and has anti-infectious, antibacterial, antifungal properties. It is also a stimulant, an expectorant and can restore the sense of taste by stimulating the trigeminal nerve. Peppermint can also act as an anti-inflammatory for the inestinal and urinary tract.
Peppermint Essential Oil Research:
Gobel H, et al. "Effect of peppermint and eucalyptus oil preparations on neurophysiological and experimental algesimetric headache parameters."Cephalalgia. 1994;14(3):228-34.
Juergens UR, Stober M, Vetter H. The anti-inflammatory activity of L-menthol compared to mint oil in human monocytes in vitro: a novel perspective for its therapeutic use in inflammatory diseases. Eur J Med Res. 1998 Dec 16;3(12):539-45.
How to Use: For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat's or rice milk. Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Do not apply neat to a fresh wound or burn. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children due to Peppermint's strong menthol constituents. Avoid contact with eyes, mucus membranes and fresh wounds or burns.
Top Uses for Peppermint
- Digestive problems: Add a drop to water to drink
- Fatigue: inhale or apply or temples and wrist
- Stomach discomfort: massage several drops on the abdomen, place a drop on tip of tongue or wrist
- Migraine: rub one drop on temples, forehead, back of the neck
- Improve concentration/alertness: place 2 drops on the tongue and rub under nose
- Improve energy and mental clarity: Diffuse in the room
- Add 1 drop peppermint oil to a tall “glass” of cool water for a zippy flavor and a cooling effect that lasts longer than plain water or other beverages.
- Spritz your neck and upper body with 4 to 6 drops peppermint added to 4 oz purified water in a spray bottle. Be sure to keep away from your eyes!
- Stir 1 to 2 drops peppermint into 1/2 cup sea salt and add to a tepid bath.
- Add 2 to 4 drops peppermint to Massage Oil, or other high grade vegetable or coconut oil -apply after showering or any time.
- Experiment with peppermint oil in sorbets, ice cream, smoothies, puddings, fruit salads, cold beverages (remember peppermint is strong, so one drop will be plenty).
- Ant problem – mix up a little spray bottle of peppermint, spraying where they are showing up around the garbage disposal, on counters, in the drawers, under and behind the stove. Where they seem to be coming from, pour a few drops neat (undiluted). It also leaves a nice cool refreshing scent.
- Applying peppermint on the bottom of your feet, or at the base of the spine, when having a fever.
- Peppermint ice cubes – fill up ice cube tray, dip a toothpick into your bottle of peppermint, then swirl the toothpick in the ice cube tray. As the ice cube melts in your beverage it gently diffuses into your drink. You can use Orange, Lemon, Tangerine or Citrus Fresh as another flavor option.
- To stop hiccups, applya drop on the temples, forehead, sinuses and on back of neck
- Diffuse in room when studying to improve concentration and accuracy.
- Add peppermint to food as flavouring and a preservative
- To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place two drop on a cotton ball and place along the pth or point of entry for these pests
- Rub on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain
- Inhale the fragrance to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat
- Place a couple of drops in a cup of hot water and enjoy in place of coffee
Note: Peppermint should not be applied neat (undiluted) on children’s skin or used near your eyes!
Alan Hirsch, M.D. researched peppermint’s stimulation of the brain’s satiety center (ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus) to curb appetite. When inhaled, peppermint improves/restores sense of taste by stimulating the trigeminal nerve. The University of Kiel researchers found that peppermint blocked headache pain in a double-blind placebo-controlled cross-over study.
It has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency. Purifying and stimulating to the conscious mind – Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased the mental accuracy by 28 percent.
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