When used on the body, peppermint essential oil has a dual action: cooling when hot and warming when cold. As a remedy for colds, it curbs mucous production, fevers and encourages perspiration. It is extremely important for its effect on the digestive system (1 drop on a sugar cube or on a teaspoon of honey will treat indigestion).

Peppermint oil helps people become clear headed, refreshes the spirit, is good for concentration and mental fatigue. It is also known  to relieve states of anger, hysteria and nervous trembling and is excellent for depression. Peppermint oil has a slightly anesthetic effect on stomach muscles. Use it for travel sickness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, colic, nausea and to keep drivers alert while on the road.

Its cooling and pain relieving action seems to ease headaches, migraines and toothaches. Use it in liniments for the relief of muscle pain, lumbago, bruises, joint pain and insect bites. It can be used to relieve any kind of skin irritation or itching but should be used in a dilution of 1% or less or the irritation could be made worse. It is not much liked by insects and vermin and it is great for getting rid of ants and rodents. Peppermint oil blends well with cedar wood, cypress, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus and pine. Peppermint essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the whole plant. The oil is colorless or pale yellow and has an invigorating minty smell.

Peppermint is one of the more popular herb teas and is widely available in tea bags.  A small amount of peppermint may be added to most herb teas for flavor. Peppermint essential oil is a must for your essential oil first aid kit and to use while traveling. Peppermint has been known for its medicinal properties for centuries.

Properties

  • Anti-Infectious
  • Antiseptic
  • Anticatarrhal
  • Expectorant
  • Antiviral
  • Fungicide
  • Affects the digestive system

 


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