It’s one of the most recognisable and well-rounded of all the essential oils and if you’ve ever had a headache relieved instantly with a whiff of peppermint, you’ll probably not want to be without this little bottle of goodness.
Peppermint essential oil is extracted from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant. Almost half a kilo of peppermint plant is required to make one 15 mL bottle of peppermint essential oil so a little really does go a long way. Literally: a drop is often all it takes to make a difference.
Here are some ways to incorporate peppermint into your day:
🌱 Traditionally used in aromatherapy as an analgesic, to decrease headache symptoms, as a cough suppressant and to relieve colic and abdominal pain
🌱 Constituents such menthol and menthyl acetate cause a cooling sensation when applied topically or inhaled, so it’s a great one to use during exercise and for post-workout muscle relief
🌱 Keep pests at bay in the garden
🌱 Add delicious flavour to baking
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For more, head to PubMed.gov and search for “peppermint”, “mentha piperita” or “menthol”. Some interesting study numbers to get started with: 18041606, 30671903, 31404204, 31195752, 29629974, 27858306, 29524352 and 31837609.
Safety notes: oils that are rich in menthol should not be used on the chest and head area in children under 3.
Peppermint is considered a “hot” oil so it is important to dilute prior to applying topically.