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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
dōTERRA's Peppermint Essential Oil is offered in 3 different products.
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.
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:
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