Peppermint Oil Benefits And Uses
Peppermint Oil Benefits have been widely known throughout history and the oil has been in use for thousands of years. We are going to try and answer a few questions that you have asked about Peppermint Essential Oil in this article like : What are Peppermint Oil Uses? What are Peppermint Oil Benefits? How Peppermint Essential Oil is made? and Is Peppermint Oil safe on skin?
Firstly we would like to start off with a couple of very interesting facts about this amazing essential oil.
10 Interesting Peppermint Essential Oil Facts
- Peppermint Oil is one of the Top 2 most used Essential Oils in the United States today! Alongside the awesome Lavender essential oil it is one of the most popular oils sold, and it very easy to understand why.
- It takes approximately 1 lb of raw Peppermint plant to make a 15mL bottle of dōTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil.
- dōTERRA source their Peppermint from the U.S.
- Peppermint Oil was one of the first 5 essential oils offered by dōTERRA, when they began making essential oils.
- Peppermint's scientific name is Mentha Piperita.
- Peppermint is a part of the Lamiaceae family of plants.
- Mentha Piperita is actually made from a combination of Spearmint and Water mint.
- Peppermint has a high volume on Menthol as one of it's constituents.
- This amazing essential oil has been used and has been around for literally thousands of years!!
- There are over 1000 medical studies into Peppermint Oil's use's and benefits published on the Pub Med website.
The Peppermint leaf or plant is very well known today and has many uses. You may be used to placing it in your drinking water as a refreshing beverage or adding it to a dish while cooking.
I'm also very sure that we have all heard of a Mojito cocktail which has become very fashionable over the last number of years. I think it is safe to say we have all heard of this cool, minty plant.
How Is Peppermint Oil Made?
Peppermint essential oil is made by way of steam distillation by using the leaves and stems of the Mentha Piperita plant.
We will start with the process from the very beginning of how the Peppermint plant is harvested all the way to production.
The first step in the process is to harvest the Peppermint plant at the right time. Peppermint harvesters with literally decades of experience will determine the exact time to cut the crop when conditions are optimum to produce the best possible peppermint oil.
The harvesters will use a farming machine called a Windrower to cut the Peppermint plant from the ground. A windrower is the same type of harvesting machine used to cut hay from fields.
The second step in the processing of the plant will be to let the plants leaves and stems to dry out in the field for about 3 to 5 days depending on the outside temperature.
This is very similar to harvesting hay before bailing, except for the Peppermint plant will not be bailed for storage, it will be processed straight away when it has dried sufficiently.
The third step in the process would be to use a farming machine called a forage harvester (also known as a chopper, forager or silage harvester) it is used to chop the dried out Peppermint plants leaves and stems into small pieces for processing.
The forage harvester will then blow the chopped up pieces of plants into specially designed distillation containers. The containers are lined with exposed perforated tubes to allow steam to enter beneath the loaded stems and leaves. These containers will then be sealed up and transported back to the distillation factory for processing when full.
The distillation container is then hooked up to 2 pipes. The first pipe is a high powered steam pipe, which is connected to the bottom of the container where the steam will enter at a very high pressure rate.
This high powered steam is blown into the container and will travel up inside, as the high powered steam rises through the Peppermint plants it will explode their oil glands found underneath the leaves.
The steam will travel up to the top of the container where the second pipe is connected. The second pipe is used to extract the steam which is now carrying the Peppermint oil to the factory for processing.
After all the steam is extracted the now spent leftover plants will be dumped out of the container stored and then recycled and used in manure spreaders as mulch to help the next crop of plants to grow, so the whole process can start again.
The end product after processing is an incredible highly potent and pure Peppermint Essential Oil with a high Menthol content. dōTERRA only source the very best raw materials to make their Essential Oils.
Peppermint Aromatic Description
How To Use Peppermint Essential Oil
There are 3 ways Peppermint Essential Oil can be used.
When we refer to internal use of Peppermint essential oil, we are referring to a particular brand called dōTERRA which we highly recommend using. Some other brands may or may not be made to a 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) and may not be meant for ingestion at all. Care must be taken as to what oils may be taken internally and we urge you to do some research into quality and purity of the essential oil that you may choose to use.
dōTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil Uses And Benefits
Diffusing essential oils in an aromatic diffuser seams to be the most popular method of using essential oils and Peppermint oil is no different, it is a great way to experience it's amazing wellness benefits.
Placing 3 - 4 drops into a diffuser is a great way to fill a room with it's amazing aroma.
Alternatively you can place a drop or two in the palm of your hands, then rub your hands together and cup them around your nose and mouth (taking care not to get any of the oil in your eyes) to directly inhale this amazing essential oil.
Peppermint Essential Oil is great for healthy respiratory function, it helps clear your airways and makes breathing easy. Breathing efficiently help you produce energy which will help you during your workouts.
Maintaining A Healthy Respiratory System
Peppermint oil is great for tired and sore muscles after a work out. Placing a drop or two with a carrier oil and rubbing directly into the muscles that need attention, it can promote a relaxed and cooling feeling within those muscles.
When working out you can get quite hot and sticky at the gym or if you are out running in the sun you can get quite over heated. A great way to cool down is to create you own topical cooling spray with Peppermint oil.
Fill a small glass spray bottle with water and place one to two drops of Peppermint Essential oil for every ounce of water. Make sure you shake the mixture well before topical application.
You can spray or spritz your neck, chest, arms and feet for a great refreshing, cool and invigorating feeling. Just make sure you avoid spraying the Peppermint solution in your eyes.
Another great way of topical application is to place a couple drops of Peppermint Essential Oil onto a wet towel, then place the towel on the back of your neck for a very intense cooling sensation. Amazing for a really hot day or after an intense workout.
Keep Cool With Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil can be taken internally to soothe occasional stomach upset. Place a drop or two inside a veggie capsule and take internally.
Alternatively you can place one drop of Peppermint into a four ounce glass of water as a refreshing beverage.
Another way to use Peppermint oil is to place a drop on your toothbrush to brush your teeth for a refreshing and clean feeling. Also see natural toothpaste recipe below.
You can also place a drop into a glass of water to rinse and gargle in your mouth to make your own invigorating mouthwash to freshen your breath naturally.
Dr Josh Axe's Natural Toothpaste Recipe
Essential Oil Usage Tips
- Always look for a method of using essential oils that suits your needs best, as everyone is different and can have a different effect when applying them or taking them.
- As we mentioned earlier start small! and build up gradually. Start applying very small diluted amounts and build up to what works best for yourself.
- Seek professional advice for all medical conditions you may be concerned about before changing any health regime and be safe, do your own research.
- Be consistent with what works and listen to your own body, we are amazing as humans, our own body's will tell us what we need and what works best.
Learn How dōTERRA Source Peppermint Oil
dōTERRA go to great lengths to source the very best of raw produce and materials to make their essential oils. The company tests the oils to a very high standards. All Essential Oils produced by the company are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade or (CPTG) which are free from all harsh contaminants, harmful additives or nasty chemical fillers.
Learn in the video below how dōTERRA source their Peppermint Essential Oil and learn how it is produced.
The Top 30 Peppermint Oil Uses And Benefits
Peppermint Oil Benefits And Uses
- Peppermint Oil May Help Cool And Soothe The Digestive Tract
- Alleviate Occasional Stomach Upset
- Promotes Health Respiratory Function
- Naturally Boosts Feelings Of Energy
- Can Help Cool You Down After A Workout
- Improves And Freshens Breath
- Helps Invigorate Tired And Sore Muscles
- Contains Beneficial Terpenoids, Flavonoids And Menthol
- Great For Sinus Support
- May Help Release Tension From Headaches
- May Be Used As A Natural Bug Repellent
- Great For Getting Rid Of Stale Odor's
- May Be Used As A Natural Decongestant
- May Help With Stomach Gas And Bloating
- May Be Used To Ease The Effects Of Nausea And Motion Sickness
- Fatigue, May Be Used To Relieve The Effects Of Mental Fatigue And Exhaustion
- Can Be Used In Cooking To Make Treats Like Peppermint Chocolates, Cookies, Ice Cream Etc. Etc.
- After sun, May Be Used To Soothe And Cool The Effects Of Sunburn
- May Help Relieve Occasional Indigestion
- May Help Relieve The Feelings Of Tension
- Peppermint Oil Has Been Known To Soothe The Effects Of Seasonal Allergies
- Can Help Maintain An Open And Clear Airway To Help Relieve A Stuffy Nose
- Applying To The Hands For An Amazingly Invigorating Hand Treatment
- Massaging Into The Feet For A Relaxing Cooling Foot Massage
- Mix With Other Essential Oils In A Diffuser To Uplift Your Mood
- You Can Make Your Own Natural Toothpaste (see recipe above)
- Add It To Some Fractionated Coconut Oil And Make Your Own Natural Shampoo
- May Help Lessen The Feelings Of Stress
- Dilute With A Carrier Oil To Make Your Own Chest Vapor Rub
- Added To Water With Fruits Of Your Choice To Make A Refreshingly Cool Beverage
dōTERRA's Peppermint Essential Oil is offered in 3 different products.
- 15mL Bottle - which is undiluted pure Peppermint Oil with 250 drops per bottle
- 10mL Rollerball - which is diluted with fractionated coconut oil
- Peppermint Beadlets - comes mixed with other ingredients for internal usage
Peppermint Essential Oil Caution
As with any essential oil, care must be taken with it's usage. Whether applying topically or taken internally, less is always better.
These Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are extremely potent and pure and can be quite harsh to the skin. Every person is different and we can all have different reactions to using essential oils.
It is wise to always perform a patch test on your skin with an essential oil to find out how your body reacts first. A carrier oil should be used to dilute their effects on the skin.
Always take care and seek professional medical advice if you are unsure if you can use them or not.
How I Personally Use Peppermint Essential Oil
Hi it's Des here to talk a little about how I personally use Peppermint Essential Oil.
Peppermint Oil is a great starter oil, most people have their first experience of essential oils with either Peppermint or Lavender.
Peppermint has an amazing powerful cooling and soothing effect by just inhaling and breathing it in, it's pretty cool to watch someone's reaction the first time they try it. How one tiny drop of this incredible oil can have such a dramatic effect. A lot of people are instantly hooked from that moment on.
If you are new to essential oils check out our Essential Oils For Beginners Guide.
I would have to say it's one of my personal favourite essential oils and it is one of my most used oils.
I travel a lot for my profession and I suffer a lot with my sinus's when flying to and from different countries. Long plane rides with recycled air plays havoc with my sinus's so I never travel without a little pouch of essential oils and Peppermint is one I use almost every day.
Here are just a few ways I like to use Peppermint oil:
- Like I mentioned above I use peppermint oil to open up my airways and sinus's. I like to place a drop or two in the palm of my hands, I rub them together and cup them over my mouth and nose and inhale deeply. The almost immediate effect opens my airways and helps me breath easier.
- If I'm felling a little lethargic or tired when I'm working on my computer and staring at a screen all day. I like to diffuse Peppermint Oil to give me a little boost of energy and a pick me up. I place 4 drops in my USB diffuser. Within a couple of minutes the area where I'm working fills with the amazing aroma of peppermint and I feel invigorated and energised. Keeps me working longer.
- I like to inhale Peppermint oil by the method I mentioned above, before I workout at the gym. I feel it opens my airways and helps me breath easier when I'm running on the treadmill or lifting weights.
- After I go for a long trek or walk and my feet feel hot, sticky and sore, I like to make a foot soak with Peppermint oil for a cooling and soothing sensation to help recover from my walk. I place a couple drops into a foot spa full of water.
- I like to use Peppermint oil as a natural mouth wash. I fill a glass of water and place just one drop into the water and swish it around my mouth after brushing my teeth. It's a really cool minty feeling that you kinda get addicted too.
- I also like to mix Peppermint, Wild Orange and Frankincense Essential Oils adding a couple of drops of each to a diffuser to uplift my mood.
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