Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil comes from the peppermint leafOne of my favorite essential oils is peppermint. The oil is invigorating when used in aromatherapy.  For centuries, peppermint essential oil has been used to soothe digestive difficulties and freshen breath. When ingested, peppermint promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. Peppermint is also a natural bug repellant!

When it comes to essential oils, doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil is potent; one drop is equivalent to 27 cups of peppermint tea! I love drinking a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day with a drop of peppermint essential oil. If you love brownies, try adding two or three drops of doTERRA essential oil to your recipe the next time you bake some brownies – delicious! Candy makers knew what they were doing when they added peppermint to chocolate. The two go together so well, the U.S. National Confectioners Association celebrates “Chocolate Mint Day” every February 19!

Peppermint History

The Ancient Egyptians used peppermint as a remedy for indigestion. Archeologists found dried peppermint leaves in Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1000 BC. The ancient Greeks and Romans valued it as a stomach soother. Peppermint was first described in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus from specimens collected in England; he treated it as a species, but it is now universally agreed to be a hybrid of watermint and spearmint.

Fresh mint is available all year-round, but it is most abundant in the warm summer months. Harvesting occurs when the oil content is highest, shortly before the plant blooms in July and August.

The extraction of peppermint essential oil is by steam distillation from the leaf and stem. The main chemical components of are menthol (40%), menthone (23%) and eucalyptol. About 75% of the world’s peppermint supply comes from the United States.

Peppermint Essential Oil Uses

Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum to promote good oral hygiene. Peppermint essential oil is also good for helping alleviate the occasional upset stomach.doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil

  • Make a refreshing and healthy mouth rinse with a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water.
  • Place two drops of peppermint essential oil in a Veggie Capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset.
  • Add a couple of drops to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.
  • Spice up your hot chocolate with one drop of Peppermint essential oil.
  • Add two or three drops to your brownie recipe.
  • Place one drop in the palm of the hand along with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense. Rub hands together and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up.
  • Rub a drop on the back of your neck when feeling overheated after working outside.

Directions for Use

You can diffuse peppermint essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.

  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and take with water.
  • Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity.   Keep peppermint essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using peppermint oil.

Chocolate with mint

 

I wonder if there are special hats for “Chocolate Mint Day?”