Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil:
Peppermint oil is used in aromatherapy, the practice of using essential oils to support health, where it is found to be effective in relieving pain and nausea, and in improving memory and raising alertness. According to published research, peppermint oil exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, analgesic, radioprotective and anti-edema properties, and may be useful for:
Providing relief for stomach problems —Peppermint oil is a safe and effective alternative to medications in reducing colonic spasms. It may help ease abdominal pain and provide relief for indigestion and upset stomach. Research has also shown that peppermint oil is effective in improving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Peppermint contains large concentrations of menthol that may assist in decreasing smooth muscle spasms and blocking calcium channels in the gut.
Easing respiratory problems —Peppermint oil can be used as an expectorant and decongestant. It can help clear up phlegm in your respiratory tract when used as a chest rub or inhaled through a vaporizer. Peppermint oil can also relieve asthma because it contains rosmarinic acid, an anti-inflammatory compound.
Relieving pain —Peppermint oil may help relieve sore muscles when added to a massage oil blend or to bathwater. Dabbing a few drops on your wrist or inhaling the aroma can ease headaches. You can also massage the oil onto your temples.
Promoting positive effects on cancer-related treatments —Peppermint oil may help address chemotherapy-induced nausea. It may also help treat hot flashes in women receiving treatment for breast cancer.
Helping ease herpes infections —Peppermint oil was found to have a beneficial effect against drug-resistant herpes simplex virus. Because of its lipophilic nature, peppermint oil can pass through the skin, making it potentially useful against recurrent herpes infection.
Enhancing hair and skin health —Mixing peppermint oil into massage oils, shampoos and lotions may give these products antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. The oil can also help cool skin and eliminate dandruff or lice from your scalp, or contribute to hair growth.
Improving dental health —Peppermint oil extract may be more effective than the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine in preventing development of biofilm that may lead to cavities and bad breath.
Providing comfort for stress and nervous system problems —Due to its energizing effects, peppermint oil is used to help manage stress and treat nervous disorders and mental fatigue.
Acting as a natural insect repellent— Peppermint oil may work in repelling insects, while the cooling sensation it provides can help relieve itching by blocking the irritating sensation.
How To Use
Bath & Shower
The essential oil is inhaled through the aromatic steam, as well as being absorbed by the skin. For adults, add up to 5 drops in 2 tbsp bath oil, shower gel or carrier oil. For children over 2 years old or adults with sensitive skin, reduce the amount to up to 2 drops per 2 tbsp. Not suitable for children under two years old.
This technique helps to clear your head and nose. For adults, add 4–6 drops to a bowl of steaming water, pace a towel over your head and breathe. Children over 2 years old, adults with sensitive skin and asthmatics should not inhale directly. Instead, place the bowl of hot water with added oils in the room nearby. Not suitable for children under two years old.
Energises your body and mind while helping to soothe aching muscles. For adults, use up to 15 drops in 2 tbsp of base oil. For children over 2 years old or adults with sensitive skin, use up to 6 drops in 2 tbsp of base oil. Not suitable for children under two years old.
Diffusers & Burners
A natural air freshener, this technique creates an energising ambiance and mood. For adults, add 1–3 drops in a diffuser or burner. For children over 2 years old, add 1–3 drops in a diffuser. Not suitable for children under two years old.
DO NOT USE essential oil directly on your skin or hair.
ALWAYS use carrier oils for skin, hair or body.
Do not ingest. External use only. Keep away from children.
Once opened use within 6 months.
ESSENTIAL OILS SHOULD ALWAYS BE DILUTED AND NOT USED NEAT ON THE SKIN WITHOUT PATCH TESTING FIRST. IT IS ADVISABLE TO KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND TO CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL IF YOU HAVE ANY SKIN IRRITATION OR SYMPTOMS PERSIST.
— The practice of administering essential oils can be in several ways which include:
Diffused through the air:
Add 4-6 drops into an oil burner or oil diffuser.
In a bath:
Due to the potency, a small number of drops is all that is required. The reason for this is that oil and water do not mix as you may well know. Therefore, the oils will float on the top of the water and attached on the edge of the bath and onto your skin. Essential oils combined with hot water in the bath may potential cause skin irritation. A safe, effective way to use essential oils in a bath is to mix them with a liquid which will be able to combine them so that they mix and disperse within the water, such as milk or a carrier oil such as jojoba. The milk or carrier oil protects your skin, and helps the essential oils disperse through the bath water making it safer for both children and adults.
On the skin:
Massage them into the skin by first mixing into a carrier oil base or in a skin cream base. It is recommended that you use only one or two drops in a base oil or cream for topical use and seek professional advice in order to address particular health issues such as dry or itchy skin conditions before applying.
Add a few drops to a water spray bottle and shake well before spraying onto surfaces to use with a cleaning cloth. For floors, add a few drops to a bucket of hot water.
With regards to ingestion of essential oils. Though our oils are the finest and purest oils available, we do not recommend ingestion. It is against government regulation in United Kingdom to prescribe essential oils for medical purposes unless by a qualified health care practitioner who has knowledge of essential oil toxicology and an understanding of how essential oils interact with the body.