Peppermint Essential Oil
Origin:Yakima, Wa Botanical Name: Mentha Piperita
Peppermint essential oil is one of the most versatile oils in the world. It has been in use for over 5,000 years. There are many mind, body, health issues it can help. Simply smelling it increases energy.
The peppermint plant is a hybrid of spearmint and watermint. Essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and flowers. Menthol and menthone are the most active ingredients.
A few common uses of peppermint oil include:
1. Calming digestive issues (add 1 drop of EO to a glass of water).
2. Relieving headaches and stuffy sinuses (Inhale diffused peppermint oil).
3. Improving mental focus (simply remove the cap, take a whiff).
Safety Considerations for Essential Oil Use
essential oils out of reach of children. Do not leave a bottle which has
no fixed integral dropper where a child could take off the cap and consume
not use directly on or near the eyes; ensure caution with compresses. Most
diluted essential oils will sting the eyes; if accidents happen, flush
with clean warm water; if NEAT oils get is the eye, immediately flush with
cold full fat milk, or vegetable oil to dilute. If stinging is not
alleviated, seek medical assistance.
not, unless otherwise advised by an expert, apply neat essential oil onto
remove neat oil spills on hands, use cream or vegetable oil to dilute,
apply soap, wash with warm water; may need to be repeated.
assume that an essential oil will have the same properties as credited to
the whole plant from which it is obtained.
any oil should only be undertaken under the supervision of a professional
health advisor and never exceed the suggested amount.
oils should always be used diluted over a large body area.
(of EOs) can cause headaches, nausea and general feeling of uneasiness;
drink plenty of water, get fresh air, take frequent breaks.
not drive a motor vehicle (or allow client to) immediately following a
relaxation treatment or after using soporific oils (e.g., clary sage)
the frequency when using essential oils. If used daily over a two week
period, give a week's grace before recommencing treatment.
the chance of acquiring a sensitivity reaction from constant use of same
oil(s) over several years by varying choices. This gives the body a break
from constant use.
any kind of skin rash is observed when using a particular essential oil,
stop using it immediately and try another oil.