Peppermint has an invigorating and fresh mint aroma. This amazing and versatile essential oil has been widely studied for its potential health benefits and for its ability to enhance mental acuity. It is also known for its impressive support of digestive functions. It can also be used to lower fevers. It’s a great oil to keep on hand.
Peppermint is native to Europe and is a hybrid of the wintergreen and spearmint plants. Growing to approximately two feet tall, peppermint plants bloom from July through August, sprouting tiny, purple flowers in whorls and terminal spikes. Preparations for extracting peppermint essential oil begin with
the leaves and flowering tops of the plant, where menthol–peppermint’s primary active component–is extracted.
Primary Benefits of Young Living Peppermint Oil:
- One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion
- Supports digestive efficiency
- May improve concentration and mental acuity
- Individuals seeking a natural way to soothe muscles
- Those looking to fill the air with a fresh, energizing aroma
- Great appetite suppressant as well as natural energy stimulant
Suggested Use for Peppermint Oil:
Dietary: Add 1 drop to a glass of water, tea, or coffee to increase flavor or calm digestive upset.
Add a few drops into an empty capsule and swallow.
Topical: Apply 1 drop to area of pain on body. Add a carrier oil if sensation is too warm. Never apply oil to a fresh wound or burn.
Aromatic: Diffuse up to 1 hour 3 times daily or inhale directly for aromatherapy.
You can mix a 15-ml bottle of peppermint essential oil into a 5-gallon can of paint to dispel the fumes.
Additional Uses for Peppermint Oil:
- Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
- Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel
- Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.
- Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
- Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
- Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine.
- Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
- Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.
- Inhale peppermint oil to help clear the sinus.
- You can mix a 15-ml bottle of peppermint essential oil into a 5-gallon can of paint to dispel the fumes.
- Apply a drop to each foot to help alleviate fever-in kids and adults.
Note: Some oils are known as “hot” oils while they are not harmful they may feel uncomfortable and warm or hot to the skin. Peppermint is one of those oils that feel that way for some individuals. Test a small amount and if you experience a warm feeling you can add a little bit of Young Living’s V6 oil, or even some Olive Oil that you already have. As with any oils keep them away from the eyes.