The Essence & Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil
There is no denying the stimulating effects of peppermint essential oil on the mind and the spirit. Peppermint oil has a minty, sweet, crisp, clean, fresh aroma with a dry green finish and is used in many different applications.
Upon inhalation, a tingling sensation ensues from the base of the neck up the back of the head. What quickly follows is an excitement to get moving and a level of mental clarity plus more!
Essence of Peppermint Essential Oil
Like the inspiring energy of a child pulling at your hand to persuade you to play, peppermint essential oil has an innocent strength and the will to help you stick it out.
With a surge to move forward, this oil begs us to clear our heads of self-doubt, gain a deeper sense of pride, and charge on!
Peppermint lifts a foggy mind and inspires us to focus on what's important in life. This oil also encourages the free flow of life force energy throughout every cell of our bodies creating space for new ideas. Peppermint, my friends, is simply amazing.
Peppermint Nomenclature & Origins
Mentha x piperita or peppermint essential oil is found throughout the United States and Europe including Bulgaria, Holland, France and Spain. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae along with Lavender and Thyme. It is a cross breed of the Spearmint and Watermint plants with ancestral roots not entirely known.
Peppermint contains the chemical compounds menthol, menthone, pulegone and more. With 35-40% menthol, it is no wonder why it almost immediately opens the sinuses!
Peppermint Extraction Method
Peppermint essential oil is extracted from the dried leaves of the plant via steam distillation. The oil is clear to pale yellow or pale green in color with a thin, water-like viscosity. The peppermint plant grows in abundance and is therefore, a widely available and affordable oil.
Peppermint in History
The peppermint plant has been used by many cultures around the world to revitalize the spirit, ease digestion and more.
Found in North African tombs, and throughout Asia and India, peppermint appears to have been utilized since at least 1000 b.c. Pliny describes the Greeks and Romans as also enjoying peppermint by crowning their heads with it during feasts and using it to add flavor to food and drink.
Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil
The benefits of peppermint are as vast as there are species of plants in the mint family. Suffice it to say that having this oil around, and products that contain it, is a smart idea.
Peppermint has been proven by science to increase bile production, reduce spasms, improve circulation, soothe motion sickness, and decrease nasal congestion.
Peppermint essential oil has been said to have a local analgesic effect, thus providing relief for joint and muscle pain.
It has been said to be effective for tension headaches, upset stomach and nausea.
Energetically, peppermint is mentally stimulating and can help improve concentration and memory retention, especially when combined with rosemary.
Undiluted peppermint oil should never be used on the sensitive mucous membranes of the body such as the eyes, inner nose or genitals. Never apply neat (or undiluted) and never take internally (brew a pot of the herb instead).
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