In aromatherapy, mint essential oils are incredibly powerful. Essential oils like peppermint, spearmint, and wintergreen are steam distilled from the leaves and plant. All have a fresh aroma that when a part of aromatherapy can help energize when one is feeling fatigued or low on energy. Spearmint and Wintergreen are ideal for a soothing massage.
The University of Maryland Medical Center lists several ways Peppermint can help the body from tension headaches to a decongestant. Research also shows peppermint can contribute to improving exercise performance.
Mint Essential Oils in History
Pliny, the Roman natural philosopher, wrote that mint should be bound into a crown around the head in order to stimulate the mind and the soul. Meanwhile, the ancient Greeks thought mint encouraged sexual behavior and forbade its consumption by soldiers in an effort to maintain control. In Western Europe during the eighteenth century, peppermint was a traditional folk remedy for nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, and respiratory infections.
Ancient Romans, Chinese, Egyptians, and Greeks all knew the power of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual and hygienic purposes. Essential oils were key to their cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs.
Mint Essential Oils
Today, mint essential oils are a favorite due to their energizing aroma. Many oral hygiene products contain mint essential oils. They all can help open breathing passages. It’s interesting to note that while the mint essential oils have very different chemical properties, they still have many similar benefits. The chart below shows how they relate and are still differ from one another. Please note that statements with an asterisk indicate internal use. All others refer to aromatic or topical use.
Pure peppermint essential oil is incredibly potent. One drop of doTERRA peppermint essential oil is the equivalent to 27 cups of peppermint tea!