Essential Profiles: Peppermint Oil

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Name(s): Peppermint Oil

Type: Single oil

Ingredients:  Peppermint

Uses:  Headache, stomach ache, allergies, sinus pressure

Price per drop:  $0.10

Historical Information

Mint has been values for many centuries, although there is some controversy as to exactly when Peppermint specifically came about.  According to this article,

In Greek mythology, Minthe was a river nymph in the Cocytus River (one of the five rivers of Hades). When Hades was driving his golden chariot, he came upon Minthe and was about to seduce her when his wife Persephone caught them. Persephone then turned Minthe into a lowly mint plant that people would walk upon. Mint supposedly got its pungent, sweet smell when Hades softened the spell so that when people walked upon his lover they would smell her sweetness.

Mint in general is mentioned in texts dating as far back as 1550 BC and is mentioned in the Bible as a valued spice.  Most ancient uses for it center around its use as a relief for issues with the digestive system, although it was also used as a spice and was thought to ward off disease.  Additionally, it was often grown as a ground cover or strewn on floors so that stepping on it would produce a pleasant odor.

Modern Usage

Much like in ancient times, Peppermint Oil today is used most often for digestive issues.  A drop or two may be diluted in a carrier oil and rubbed on the abdomen, or diluted in a capsule or drink and taken internally.  One study indicates that up to 79% of patients with IBS showed a decrease in symptoms when treated with Peppermint Oil.

Peppermint Oil may also be used to treat headache, especially if caused by sinus pressure.  Method for this include diluting it and rubbing on the forehead or temples, smelling some of the oil, or pressing a drop to the roof of the mouth.  Additionally, Peppermint may help with sinus-related allergy issues.  The LLP Protocol, or Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint, is commonly used to treat allergies among Essential Oil users.  To use this blend, mix equal amounts of each oil in a roller bottle with a carrier oil for topical application, or put 1-2 drops of each in a capsule for internal use.  Many allergy sufferers swear by this remedy as a natural alternative to Benadryl!

Cautions

These cautions apply to any Essential Oil or any other form of self treatment.  Additionally, the following apply specifically to Peppermint Oil:

  • While this oil is fantastic for treating stomach ache, it has been shown to increase heartburn or acid reflux in some patients, so avoid using it for those issues.
  • Peppermint Oil feels very, very cold when applies topically.  For this reason, dilution is recommended.
  • For the above reason, make sure not to get Peppermint Oil in the eyes or nose, on a fresh wound, or on any especially sensitive area.

Final Thoughts

Peppermint Oil is an incredibly handy oil to have around the house, especially for families with children.  It’s a perfect alternative to medication for treating the inevitable sniffles, headaches, and tummy aches!  It also smells really, really good – a great option to diffuse as an air freshener!  I would definitely recommend Peppermint Oil as a foundation to any oil collection.

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