Peppermint Essential Oil

Caution: May irritate or sensitize some individuals. Does not mix with homeopathic treatment. Should be avoided during pregnancy. Do not use with children under two years old. Avoid if you have heart problems, high blood pressure or epilepsy.

Latin name: Mentha piperita. Family name: Labiatae. Peppermint oil is distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant and is grown in the US.

It has a sweet, mint aroma. It is a top note in perfumery. Blends well with: rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon, marjoram, and lavender. Possible substitutions: Spearmint.

Circulatory, muscles and joints: Neuralgia, muscular pain, and palpitations.
Digestive: used for colic, cramps, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea.
Emotions/mind and nervous system: clears the head, increases alertness, strengthens the nervous system. For fainting, headache, mental fatigue, migraine, stress. Dissipates anger. For shock, overwork, apathy, helplessness.
Respiratory and immune system: helps to expel mucus, used for asthma, bronchitis, halitosis,sinusitis, spasmodic cough, catarrh, colds, coughs, sinusitis, fevers, and flu.
Skin/hair: For itching, acne, dermatitis, ringworm, scabies, and toothache. Stimulates circulation and can renew dull skin. Used in the treatment of broken capillaries and varicose veins.
Actions: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiphlogistic, antipruritic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, carminative,cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge,hepatic, nervine, stomachic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge.

From: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, Element Books, 1995.

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