Peppermint (Mentha arvensis), otherwise known as cornmint, or wild mint, is a wonderful cooling essential oil and is just so versatile! It is used for everything from headaches, nausea, and tiredness, to intestinal gas and muscle pain. With its high menthol content it is not only cooling to the mind and spirit, but also cooling to the touch. Peppermint is included in many blends for its analgesic, or pain-relieving, properties.
Sun Rejuvenation Blend
For a sunburn mix 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 5 drops German Chamomile Essential Oil, and 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil in 1oz of Aloe Vera Carrier Oil or gel. Apply liberally to the affected area. The Lavender will help relieve the redness and inflammation, and the Peppermint will cool the burn.
For the Chakras: Peppermint is associated with Manipura Chakra which is the Solar Plexus or 3rd Chakra.
Energetic Applications: Peppermint is uplifting to the mind, stimulates creativity and self confidence, and clears energy. Peppermint is Yang energy.
Magical/Intentional Uses: Peppermint is used with intentions of stimulating the conscious mind, health, and purification.
*Important note on Peppermint: Considered generally safe, but “cornmint oil should be avoided altogether in cases of cardiac fibrillation and by people with G6PD deficiency” (Essential Oil Safety, Second Edition, Tisserand & Young, page 261).
The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea, fever, stomach and bowel spasms and pain. Due to the presence of menthol, menthone and menthyl esters, peppermint and peppermint oil find wide applications in manufacture of soap, shampoo, cigarette, toothpaste, chewing gum, tea, and ice cream. Peppermint (mentha piperita) is a cross between regular peppermint and spearmint and is native to Europe. It has often been referred to as the world’s oldest medicine. Unlike many other herbs and essential oils, numerous health benefits of peppermint and peppermint oil have been studied and proved by the scientific community. As a result, peppermint oil is also sold in the form of capsules and tablets. Peppermint oil is also used as a flavoring agent. Peppermint oil contains numerous minerals and nutrients including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, and copper. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Definitions of Therapeutic Properties:
Antibiotic: any substance that can destroy or inhibit the growth of micro-organisms and bacteria.
Anti-inflammatory: an agent that prevents or counteracts inflammation.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Antispasmodic: referring to something that suppresses spasms.
Carminative: relieves discomfort of gas in the digestive tract.
Cholagogue: an agent that promotes the discharge of bile.
Deodorant: Any agent acting to eliminate, reduce, mask, or control odor.
Digestive: relating to the digestive tract; having the ability to promote digestion.
Disinfectant: a substance that kills germs and/or viruses.
Emmenagogue: stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, causing menstruation.
Emollient: Something which softens or lubricates the skin.
Febrifuge: reduces fever.
Nervine: acts upon or affects the nerves; quiets nervous excitement.
Safety Warning: Avoid during pregnancy or if history of high blood pressure. May irritate sensitive skin. Avoid while using homeopathic remedies. Menthol-rich oils should be avoided by people with clotting disorders. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.