Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Powerful, sweet, menthol aroma
Aromatherapy benefits: vitalizing, refreshing, cooling
Mental/Emotional: fatigue exhaustion and burnout, memory and concentration
Physical: soothe nausea, stop itching, ease sore muscles, relieve sinus congestion, increase mental concentration, asthma, colic, exhaustion, fever, flatulence, headache, nausea, scabies, sinusitis, vertigo
Peppermint has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.* Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint's supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint's role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint's ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint's ability to directly affect the brain's satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. This powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application. Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. Peppermint has an approximate ORAC of 373,455 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat's or rice milk.
Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Do not apply neat to a fresh wound or burn. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.
Aromatherapy References & Resources:
Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy. 1st ed. Kurt Schnaubelt. Healing Arts Press, 1998.
Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 4e. 4th ed. Churchill Livingstone, 2011. Shirley Price Cert Ed FISPA MIFA FIAM, and Len Price Cert Ed MIT(Trichology) FISPA FIAM.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art. Kathy Keville. 2nd ed. Crossing Press, 2008.
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy. Kurt Schnaubelt. Healing Arts Press, 2011.
Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies. Fritz, Stephanie. Gently Born Publications, 2012.
Young Living Essential Oils
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA)