Peppermint

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Description

Peppermint oil is derived from the leaves of the peppermint plant or Mentha pipertita, a hybrid of the water mint and spearmint plants, and M. arvensis var.piperascensa, a plant from the Labiatae family. History shows a wide range of uses for peppermint as an essential oil, which has been used for over 200 years in ancient Rome and Egypt. Various cultures have used this oil not only for its minty fragrance, but also to symbolize hospitality.

Uses

Peppermint essential oil is favored for:

  • Acne – Well known for its anti-bacterial properties, Peppermint is ideal for treating acne, dermatitis, itching, ringworm and scabies. Excellent to use in a facial steam.
  • Insects – Bugs dislike Peppermint! Use it to ward off those pesky pests!
  • Digestion – Peppermint is used to promote bile production, stimulate and strengthen the liver, expel gas from the stomach and intestines, ease nausea, stomach cramps, indigestion and vomiting.
  • Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial – Considered to be an excellent choice for treating influenza, bronchitis, fever, and is used as a decongestant to loosen phlegm and clear mucus.
  • Headaches and Fatigue – Peppermint is used to ease headaches, mental fatigue, nervousness, stress, vertigo, dizziness and anxiety.
  • Mental – Great for promoting focus and positive thoughts.

 

Additional Information

Weight 0.5oz
Botanical NameMentha piperita
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Method of ExtractionSteam Distilled
Plant Parts UsedLeaves and stems
OriginIndia
Blends Well WithPeppermint Essential Oil can be successfully blended best with Sandalwood Essential Oil, Basil, Bergamot, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Pine, Rosemary, Spearmint, Lavender Oil and Thyme Essential Oils. - See more at: http://www.bulkapothecary.com/essential-oils/peppermint-oil/#sthash.K8trqgWU.dpuf
Aromatic ScentStrong, minty and bold.

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How to use

Mouthwash - Peppermint oil extract is shown to be more effective than the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine in preventing the development of biofilm that contribute to cavities. It can also prevent bad breath. To use, just add one to two drops to your toothpaste. • Mixing peppermint oil into massage oils, shampoos, body washes, and lotions give these products a pleasant aroma and may lend antiseptic properties as well.

Words of Caution

Do not take peppermint or drink peppermint tea if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, a condition where stomach acids back up into the esophagus), or hiatal hernia. Peppermint can relax the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus, allowing stomach acids to flow back into the esophagus. (The sphincter is the muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach.)