Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) essential oil is a great choice to help relieve headaches and nausea (associated with motion sickness). It is also useful to diffuse or use in an inhaler when mental alertness and focus are needed. When properly diluted in a carrier oil, peppermint can feel cooling and numbing to the skin. We love peppermint oil in bug bite relief blends and coolings summer lotions. Less is more. See safety notes below.
Chemistry: menthol (33.06%), menthone (27.29%), 1,8 cineole (4.83%)
Latin Name: Mentha x piperita
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
Cultivation: Italy, Certified Organic
Plant Part: Leaves
Chemical Family: Monoterpenols, Ketones
Aroma: menthol-rich, strong, like a freshly crushed candy cane
Properties: Analgesic, Cooling, Decongestant, Expectorant, Immune Stimulant
Steam Distilled: May 2019
Shelf Life: 5 years (approx.)
Useful for headaches, pain blends, and itch relief. For skin application, add just 1 drop to 1 teaspoon unscented lotion or organic carrier oil and gently massage into the skin as needed. Add a few drops to an ultrasonic diffuser alone or with rosemary to help with mental alertness and focus or simply for a clean minty scent in the air. Consider pairing with lavender for a calming effect.
Chakra: Heart (4th) and Third Eye (6th)
Peppermint helps to awaken and refresh us and also uplifts our mind to reduce fatigue. It supports self-confidence and helps stimulate new ideas and creativity.
Peppermint contains menthone which is not a skin-friendly molecule. A maximum dilution recommendation is 1% for topical application.
For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Always dilute essential oils before applying to the skin and keep away from mucous membranes. Consult a licensed physician if pregnant or nursing. If the oil is past it’s “Best by” date or stored improperly, it may cause irritation and lose therapeutic value. Avoid the use of essential oils near infants and small children.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your medical professional before use.