♦ Improves mental facility. Dr. Dembar of the University of Cincinnati discovered in a research study that inhaling peppermint oil increased the mental accuracy of the students tested by up to 28%.
♦ Well known for digestive health and for use in a wide variety of bowel disorders. Excellent for nausea, vomiting, morning sickness (small amounts only), fainting and motion sickness.
♦ Excellent for mouth and gum infections.
♦ Peppermint oil is strongly anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) for inflamed muscles, joints and arthritis.
♦ Increases circulation to aid healing while it cools inflammation.
♦ Anti-inflammatory properties make Peppermint supportive of prostate function.
♦ Inhaling Peppermint brings a rush of fresh, cooling, energizing molecules into the system.
♦ It allows us to relax and release emotion instead of letting anxiety build up in our body or mind. ♦ Helps even out wide mood swings.
♦ Inhaling peppermint oil can also curb the appetite.
♦ When inhaled, it helps restore the sense of taste by stimulating the trigeminal nerve.
HOW TO USE
♦ Dot Peppermint undiluted on smaller area like a painful bump or smashed fingers to stop the pain, cool the area stimulate healing circulation, and help reduce bruising.
♦ Dilute before applying to larger areas of the skin to cool inflamed muscles or joints.
♦ Apply undiluted to temples and back of the head to help calm a headache.
♦ Rub a few drops between your palms, place over nose and mouth and inhale to help with headaches or nausea.
♦ Placing a drop of peppermint under the tongue and breathing has been able to stop an asthma attack and clear the nasal passages and sinus cavities. Vocal performers often use this trick to reduce mucous and stimulate the voice
♦ Temporarily clear sinuses by mixing a trace or drop into a teaspoon of honey and sucking on it slowly.
♦ Create your own refreshing tooth powder by mixing a few drops of Peppermint into baking soda and salt.
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: Tonic, cytophylactic (strengthens the immune system to fight infection), antiseptic, decongestant, antibiotic, antifungal, antidepressant, anti-toxic, aphrodisiac, astringent, calmative (calming, sedative), nervine (nerve-strengthening and calming), anti-inflammatory to calm the nerves and help reduce an enlarged prostate.
ASIAN THERAPIES: Earth element, wood element, yang energy, throat chakra, lung meridian, small intestine meridian.
PLANT FAMILY: Labiatae
PART UTILIZED: Stems, leaves, flower buds
EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam distilled
CAUTIONS: Peppermint oil is stimulating to the uterus. Use caution in using only minimal amounts of peppermint oil if pregnant. Peppermint and other menthol oils should not be applied to the throats of children under the age of 3. Peppermint, like lavender, is soothing in small amounts and strongly stimulating in larger amounts. If a small amount works well, an even smaller amount may actually work better. Avoid over-using large amounts of Peppermint, especially in topical application. Peppermint is usually too strong and cooling for adding to a bath.