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Since The Beginning of Time

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 28, 2011

Aromatherapy has been around since the beginning of time. It is based off of essential oils, which are volatile liquids that are distilled from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, bushes, and seeds. Oil distillation is a delicate and precise art. It wasn’t called aromatherapy until the 1900’s.

Ancient Egyptians and Romans would give aromatherapy gifts to Cleopatra to use as perfume. The Egyptians used aromatic plant essences to treat both physical and mental health problems as well. Today we use  in the same way. We give it as gifts and also use it as a form of alternative medicine.

The Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians have used peppermint essential oil for thousands of years because they understand it has many healthful properties. Peppermint is a superb digestive, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make this essential oil an excellent choice to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue.

Peppermint oil is very strong so if you’re going to rub it on your skin, always use a carrier oil and do not ingest it. I have put a drop of peppermint oil in my green tea when I didn’t have any peppermint tea bags and I liked it just as well as the tea bag but it is something you have to work up to. I’ve used it many times for upset stomach too but I never take it neat, always mixed in hot water with honey and a pinch of bicarbonate of soda. Lastly, if you put 5 drops of peppermint oil on a cottonball and put it in strategic places in your home, it can help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away.

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