Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the perennial herb, producing a clear liquid with a strong top fragrance note. Its minty aromas promote clarity and mental agility, but it is also widely used to treat gastro-intestinal discomfort, bowel spasms, and pain relief from headaches. It has antiseptic properties when used topically, but diffused or vaporized it can be effective in relieving mild inflammation or for reducing stress and anxiety. Dilute in carrier oil for a soothing muscle rub or to invigorate the skin. Some cautions should be noted: pregnant women or those with epilepsy should avoid using peppermint essential oil, and it should not be combined with any homeopathic remedies.
Suggested Uses of Peppermint Essential Oil
Diffuse 2-3 drops per 100ml of water to boost energy and alleviate fatigue and nausea
Add 2-3 drops to ½ teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to temples, back of the neck and shoulders to relieve headaches
Inhale directly from bottle to control hunger cravings, open blocked sinuses, or for a quick pick me up
Blend 3 drops each Peppermint and Lavender in a teaspoon of carrier oil to soothe sunburn, eczema or psoriasis, poison ivy or any itchy skin rashes
Naturally nourish damaged hair by adding a few drops to shampoo
On the recommendation of the International Federation of Aromatherapists, TruGardens does not endorse taking essential oils internally unless specifically directed and prescribed by a qualified healthcare practitioner who is also trained in clinical aromatherapy. Avoid using during pregnancy, or if you suspect you might be pregnant, except on the advice of a qualified practitioner. Store all essential oil products safely out of reach of children. Essential oils are potent, and a little bit goes a long way. Do not use essential oils undiluted directly on the skin as they can cause irritation. Keep away from children, and do not apply near the eyes, mucous membranes, sensitive or broken skin. Every individual reacts differently to essential oils: Always perform a ‘test patch’ properly diluted in carrier oil to determine sensitivity.
This statement has not been approved, assessed or otherwise endorsed by the FDA. TruGardens does not in any way support the use of these products for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.