PEPPERMINT (Mentha piperita)
BOTANICAL FAMILY: Lamiaceae or Labiatae (mint).
PLANT ORIGIN: North America.
EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam distilled from leaves, stems, and flower buds.
CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS: Monoterpenes: á pinene, â.pinene, limonene: Monoterpenols: menthol (38-48%); Monoterpenones: menthone (20-30%); Terpene oxides: 1,8 cineol; Terpene esters: menthol acetate; Coumarins, Sulfurs: dimenthalsulfide.
ACTION: Anticarcinogenic, supports digestion, expels worms, decongestant, antiinfectious, antibacterial, antifungal, mucolytic, stimulant, hypertensive, cardiotonic, stimulates gallbladder, pain-relieving, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory for the intestinal and urinary tract. It can heighten or restore the sense of taste by stimulating the trigeminal nerve.
FOUND IN THESE YOUNG LIVING BLENDS: Aroma Siez, Clarity, Di-Gize, Legacy, M-Grain, Mister, PanAway, Raven, RC, Relieve-It, Cinnamint Lip Balm, Dentarome Plus Toothpaste, Fresh Essence Mouthwash, Satin Scrub-Mint, NeuroGen, Regenolone, Satin Body Lotion, Morning Start Bath Gel, Peppermint-Cedarwood Soap, Morning Start Soap, Ortho Ease Massage Oil, Ortho Sport Massage Oil, Relaxation Massage Oil, ComforTone, Mineral Essence, Pro-Gen, ProMist, ThermaMist, and Thyromin. These essential oils and products can be found at my website The Very Essence.
Peppermint is also found in the Essential 7 Kit. This is an excellent choice for those begining essential oils and a staple for essential oil lovers.
TRADITIONAL USES: Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint’s effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in affecting impaired taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy. Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center (the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus) which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.
INDICATIONS: Asthma, bronchitis, candida, diarrhea, digestive aid, reduces fever, halitosis, heartburn, hemorrhoids, hot flashes, indigestion, menstrual irregularity, headaches, motion sickness, nausea, tumor growth, respiratory infections, shock, itchy skin, throat infections, and varicose veins.
Other Uses: This essential oil may help arthritis, indigestion, depression, skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis), food poisoning, headaches, hives, hysteria, inflammation, morning sickness, nerve regeneration, rheumatism, elevate and open sensory system, toothaches, and tuberculosis.
APPLICATIONS: Diffuse. Massage on the stomach or add to water or tea. Apply to bottom of feet or rub on the temples to treat headaches. To improve concentration, alertness, and memory, place several drops on the tongue. Add to food as a flavoring and preservative.
• Rub 4-6 drops in the palm and rub over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
• Add a drop of Peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.
• Massage several drops of Peppermint essential oil on the area of injury to reduce inflammation.
• Apply Peppermint 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.
• Rub several drops of Peppermint oil on the bottoms of the feet to reduce fever.
• Apply a drop of Peppermint essential oil topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.
• For poison ivy or poison oak, apply Peppermint oil on location neat or dilute with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil.
• Inhale Peppermint essential oil before and during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
• Massage several drops of Peppermint essential oil on the abdomen to relieve nausea.
• To relieve a headache rub a drop of Peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (stay away from the eyes) and on the back of the neck.
• To stop hiccups, apply a drop of Peppermint essential oil on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the large vertebra at the base of the neck).
• Diffuse Peppermint essential oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy. Inhale Peppermint oil while taking a test to improve recall.
• Rub 4 drops of Peppermint essential oil on chest and stomach to relieve travel sickness.
• Add Peppermint essential oil to food as a flavoring and a preservative.
• To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place two drops of Peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball and place along the path or point of entry for these pests.
• Mix one 15-ml. bottle of Peppermint essential oil into a 5 gallon can of paint to dispel the fumes.
• Place a couple of drops of Peppermint essential oil in a cup of hot water and enjoy in place of coffee or dried teas.
• To kill aphids add 4-5 drops of Peppermint essential oil to 4 ounces of water and spray the plants.
• Drink a drop of Peppermint essential oil mixed in a glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day.
• Rub Peppermint essential oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain.
• Inhale the fragrance of Peppermint essential oil to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.
• Remove ticks by applying a drop of Peppermint essential oil on a cotton swab and swabbing the tick. Wait for it to unhedge its head and remove from your pet.
• Mix Peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil such as Almond or Olive Oil in a footbath to relieve sore feet. Keep water agitated while soaking feet.
FRAGRANT INFLUENCE: It is purifying and stimulating to the conscious mind.
SAFETY DATA: If currently under a doctor’s care or pregnant, consult physician prior to use. Avoid contact with eyes, mucus membranes, or sensitive skin areas. Do not apply neat to a fresh wound or burn.
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