Peppermint is one of the best essential oils for all types of digestive upsets and should be used in a massage oil, gently massaged over the abdomen in a clockwise direction. Drinking peppermint tea at the same time creates a harmonious synergy between the two forms of peppermint. Overall, peppermint is refreshing, stimulating and restorative.
Combined with lavender, peppermint helps prevent colds and flu. Use no more than 3 drops in a bath, massage oil or inhalation. Peppermint is also good in a facial steam to deeply cleanse and decongest the skin, especially if acne is present. Combined with lavender in cold compresses, peppermint relieves headaches and migraines.
Psychologically, peppermint is bold, promoting clarity and alertness. A few drops sniffed from a tissue can alleviate the symptoms of shock. It helps alleviate feelings of inferiority and insecurity, and can deepen intuitive insight.
Use it for
- alleviating foot odor
- quelling the pain and itchiness of insect bites
- rejuvenating mentally
- boosting energy
- cooling a fever
Main therapeutic properties
- Direct inhalation: for a quick pick-me-up, rub 1 drop of peppermint between your palms, place hands over your nose, and inhale deeply.
- Direct application: to help treat foot odor, create a foot/shoe spray. In a small amber or dark blue spray bottle, add 10 drops of peppermint to 1/4 cup (50ml) of rubbing alcohol. Shake well and spray in shoes daily, and on feet after showering.
- Direct application: to alleviate the itch of insect bites, dilute 1 drop of peppermint and 1 drop of lavender with a couple of drops of a carrier oil. Use your finger to bad it directly on a bite.
Contraindications: Use only in small amount in the bath and on the skin. Avoid using peppermint alongside homeopathic remedies.
- Scientific Name: Mentha piperita
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Country of Origin: Germany
- Net Content: 0.34 fl oz/10ml