How It’s Made
The leaves and flower tops of the peppermint plant are steam distilled to make the essential oil. It takes about one pound of the leaves and flower tops to make 15 mL of peppermint essential oil.
Top Priorities of Peppermint Essential Oil
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Peppermint Essential Oil Uses
- Headaches and Migraines: apply to temples, above ears, and back of neck. Combine with lavender for a headache blend.
- Alertness and Energy: Inhale or apply under nose or back of neck. (This oil tingles when applied NEAT-without being diluted-. If you have sensitive skin please dilute before applying.)
- Bad Breath or Hangover: Gargle a drop with water. (I even made a homemade mouth wash with it and I LOVE it!-recipe coming soon)
- Asthma and Sinusitis: apply to chest and back or bottoms of feet.
- Fevers and Hot Flashes: Apply on back of neck, spine, or bottoms of feet for cooling effect.
- Burns and Sunburns: Appy NEAT or diluted to burned skin.
- Decrease Milk Supply: Apply diluted to breasts; take in a capsule or in water.
- Loss of Sense of Smell: Inhale or apply diluted over bridge of nose.
- Memory Issues and Autism: Apply on back of neck, spine, or bottoms of feet to help when studying and with concentration.
- Gastritis & Digestive Discomfort: Take in a capsule, in water or tea, or apply over abdomen for any digestive issues.
- Cravings: Inhale or apply under nose or take a drop on tongue before or in between meals to suppress appetite.
- Muscle Stiffness & Tension: Apply directly to stiff, tense, or exhausted muscles or apply pre-workout to avoid stiffness AND awaken your senses to get your body ready to work!
- Gamma Radiation Exposure: Take in a capsule or a drop with water for antioxidant support.
- Allergies and Hives: Take in a capsule, in water, apply under nose, or to bottom of feet.
- Emotional Balance: Use aromatically and topically.
- Dandruff and Lice: Add to your shampoo to help with dandruff and lice. Use it in the morning for a wake-me-up.
- Remove a tick: Place a little peppermint oil with a cotton swab on a tick. The tick will remove it’s head. (I haven’t tried this. Someone please let me know if this really works.)
- Repel Insects: lots of insects (ants, beetles, cockroaches) and even mice and spiders avoid peppermint scent. Just add a few drops to a spray bottle and spray around your home.
- Clean Naturally: add a couple drops to your natural cleaning products.
- Toothache: apply 1 drop to the painful gums or tooth for a natural pain killer.
- Baking: Add to your goodies while baking. I have this AWESOME black bean brownie recipe (recipe coming soon) that has peppermint oil in it. Even my girls eat it and they are super picky.
- Sleep: You can diffuse this oil along with lavender to help with sleep. Lavender oil is a natural sedative.
- Breech Babies: Peppermint oil is said to be effective in helping move babies who are breech or posterior in preparation for labor and delivery. You can rub this oil on the top of the abdomen or on the lower back to encourage the baby to turn to an optimal position.
How to Use
This oil can be used aromatically, topically and internally.
Dilute for topical application as it may cause skin irritation. Avoid if breastfeeding and you don’t want to decrease your milk supply. Be sure not to apply too close to your eyes or touch your eye after you have used the essential oil because it will burn.
Babies and Children
This oil is safe for aromatic use. If applying topically, be sure that your dilute it very well and avoid the face and hands of babies and small children. I say hands because if it gets on their hands it is going straight to their face.