Peppermint Essential Oil 30mls
Peppermint oil is one of the most versatile essential oils out there. It can be used aromatically, topically and internally to address a number of health concerns, from muscles aches and seasonal allergy symptoms, to low energy and digestive complaints. It’s also commonly used to boost energy levels and improve both skin and hair health.
According to a review conducted by the USDA Human Nutrition Research Centre on Aging at Tufts University, peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities. It also works as a strong antioxidant, displays anti-tumour actions in lab studies, shows anti-allergenic potential and pain-killing effects, helps to relax the gastrointestinal tract and may be chemo preventive.
It’s no wonder why peppermint oil is one of the most popular essential oils in the world and why it’s highly recommended that everyone has it in his or her medicine cabinet at home.
What Is Peppermint Oil?
Peppermint is a hybrid species of spearmint and water mint (Mentha aquatica). The essential oils are gathered by CO2 or cold extraction of the fresh aerial parts of the flowering plant. The most active ingredients include menthol (50–60 percent) and menthone (10–30 percent).
You can find peppermint in several forms, including peppermint essential oil, peppermint leaves, peppermint spray and peppermint tablets. Menthol is the most active ingredient in peppermint, and it gives the leaves their invigorating and energising effects. Menthol oil is commonly used in balms, shampoos and other body products for its beneficial properties.
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Where does it come from?
Not only is peppermint oil one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, other historical accounts date its use to ancient Japanese and Chinese folk medicine. It’s also mentioned in Greek mythology when the nymph Mentha (or Minthe) was transformed into a sweet-smelling herb by Pluto, who had fallen in love with her and wanted people to appreciate her for years to come.
The many peppermint oil uses have been documented back to 1,000 B.C. and have been found in several Egyptian pyramids.
Today, peppermint oil is recommended for its anti-nausea benefits and soothing effects on the gastric lining and colon. It’s also valued for its cooling effects and helps to relieve sore muscles when used topically. In addition to this, peppermint essential oil displays antimicrobial properties, which is why it can be used to fight infections and even freshen your breath.
Benefits of Peppermint Oil Include:
In addition to clary sage, peppermint can also be used to reduce discomfort when experiencing hot flashes. You can do this by putting a few drops on the back of your neck which will help bring down your temperature, misting it on your face using a water spritzer or a portable inhaler. It has also been found that peppermint can help reduce the pain and discomfort brought about by dysmenorrhea, which affects not only young women, but 50% of those who are undergoing menopause. (4)
It's probably no surprise to find this refreshing scent will make you feel alert, focused, and stimulated. In fact, peppermint also helps you perform better on tasks that require sustained attention, so therefore if you're going to use it for hot flushes, only do so during the day, as it may keep you awake at night.
- Relieve muscle and joint pain (natural muscle relaxant & painkiller)
- Topical analgesics: pain relief benefits associated with fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.
- Unclog sinuses and offer relief from scratchy throat.
- Antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant fighting symptoms in the respiratory tract.
- Increase energy and improve exercise performance when inhaled
- Alleviate headaches by relaxing tense muscles, soothe the gut and improving circulation
- Improve IBS symptoms via peppermint capsules, reduces spasms in the colon, relaxes the muscles of your intestines, and can help to reduce bloating and gassiness.
- Freshen breath and support oral health, peppermint oil (along with tea tree oil and thyme essential oil) displayed antimicrobial activities against oral pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus fecalis, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans.
- Promote hair growth and reduce dandruff and is used in many high-quality products, plus, menthol is a powerful antiseptic agent, so it may help to remove germs that may buildup in your hair. Menthol is even used in anti-dandruff shampoos.
- Relieve itchiness due to the menthol content found in peppermint oil inhibits itching.
- Repel bugs naturally; unlike us humans, a number of little critters hate the smell of peppermint oil, including ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitos, mice and possibly even lice.
- Reduce nausea via inhaling peppermint
- Improve colic symptoms, including infantile colic, but you will need to discuss this treatment plan with your child’s paediatrician.
- Boost skin health; Peppermint oil has calming, softening, toning and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin when it’s used topically. Peppermint oil also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
- Sunburn protection and relief and can even be used to prevent sunburn.
- Potential anti-cancer agent; the compound menthol inhibits prostate cancer growth by inducing cell death and regulating cellular processes.
Peppermint oil is incredibly versatile. It’s safe for both internal and external use in appropriate amounts and can be used with or without a carrier oil to dilute it (when used topically). Here are some safe and effective ways to use peppermint oil in your day-to-day routine:
Diffuse it. Want to feel awake and alert? Try adding about 5 drops of peppermint oil to a diffuser for an energising scent that easily fills a room. You may even find you start to breathe easier! (Just follow essential oil safety guidelines and breathe it in as the scent diffuses through the room — there’s no need to hold you head over the air coming from the diffuser.)
Cook with it. Using edible essential oils, like peppermint, in cooking is an incredible, natural way to get not only peppermint oil benefits, but also a great minty punch to dishes. Peppermint bark, anyone?
Add it to smoothies or drinks. Many people wonder — Can you drink peppermint oil? Whether it’s a drop in your water or two drops in a smoothie, pure peppermint oil can really give a refreshing kick to a beverage. Plus, it’s a great choice for fighting off bacteria and stomach issues.
Create a massage oil with it. Can you apply peppermint oil directly to skin? Yes! Since peppermint oil soothes, cools and invigorates, it’s the perfect ingredient for massage oil. Dilute several drops in almond or grapeseed oil. For bonus relaxation, add lavender and eucalyptus.
Scrub your feet with it. Tired of cosmetics and personal care products full of unknown, unsavory chemicals? I recommend making your own whenever you can. Peppermint oil makes a great addition to an exfoliating foot scrub to give your feet a treat.
Grow it at home: Growing peppermint is a great way to reap the plant’s benefits at home. The peppermint plant needs a good amount of sun and plenty of water. It won’t tolerate dry conditions. To make peppermint tea with your home-grown leaves, simply add 5-10 leaves to a mug and muddle them. Then pour hot water over the leaves and let it steep for about 10 minutes.
The possibilities are virtually endless. People use peppermint oil in DIY shampoos, hairsprays, lip balms and more.
Although it’s such a beneficial and effective remedy, there are some peppermint essential oil warnings to keep in mind. Can peppermint oil hurt you? It’s considered safe when used appropriately.
When you are using peppermint on sensitive skin, always dilute it with a carrier oil (like coconut oil) first. If you’re new to using peppermint oil, it’s a good idea to try a patch test on a small area of skin before applying peppermint oil to larger surfaces.
We don’t recommend using peppermint oil on the face or chest of infants or young children because it can cause skin irritations. There also isn’t enough evidence to recommend peppermint oil use for women who are pregnant or nursing.
Is peppermint oil safe for dogs? Because peppermint oil for fleas is so effective, it’s commonly used in dog flea repellents. Peppermint oil for dogs can also be used to cool sore muscles and soothe upset stomachs. It’s recommended using peppermint oil topically for dogs by adding it to dog-friendly shampoos.
As for a related question you may be wondering: Is peppermint oil safe for cats? I don’t recommend using peppermint oil for cats because it may cause adverse side effects. Instead, using spearmint oil on cats may help to relieve nausea, diarrhoea and other digestive issues. When looking at peppermint vs. spearmint, peppermint’s flavour and fragrance is much stronger because it has a higher menthol content.
Is peppermint oil toxic to humans? Peppermint oil is likely safe when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food, and when used topically and aromatically.
Is peppermint oil good to drink? The answer is generally yes, but only in small amounts. That being said, taking excessive amounts of the oil orally can be toxic, so remember that a little bit goes a long way and all you need is 1–2 drops at a time. For some people, ingesting it may cause peppermint oil side effects for some that include heartburn, flushing, mouth sores and headache.
Some prescription medications and over-the-counter medications may adversely interact with peppermint oil. Enteric-coated peppermint oil supplements may cause rapid dissolving, leading to heartburn, nausea and rapid absorption of some medications.
The following medications carry a “moderate” potential for interaction with peppermint oil:
Neoral, Sandimmune, Elavil, Haldol, Zofran, Inderal, Theo-Dur, Calan, Isoptin, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Diazepam, Valium, Soma, Viracept, Cataflam, Voltaren, Ibuprofen/Motrin, Mobic, Feldene, Celebrex, Elavil, Warfarin/Coumadin, Glucotrol, Iosartan, Cozaar, Mevacor, Nizoral, Sporanox, Allegra, Halcion.
The following medications carry a “minor” potential for interaction with peppermint oil:
Over-the-counter and prescription antacids including Tums, Rolaids, Ripan, Bilagog, Amphojel, Tagamet, Zantac, Axid, Pepcid, Prilosec, Prevacid, Aciphex, Protonix, Nexium.
Natural supplement precautions:
Peppermint can reduce the absorption of iron when taken simultaneously. If you’re taking iron supplements and peppermint oil, allow at least three hours between the two. Peppermint oil also increases the absorption of quercetin when taken at the same time, so allow at least three hours between taking these together as well.
Try Adding Peppermint oil to Your Daily Health and Beauty Regime:
To use peppermint oil for pain relief, simply apply 2–3 drops topically to the area of concern three times daily, add 5 drops to a warm water bath with Epsom salt or try a recipe from Dr Josh. Axe for Homemade Muscle Rub. Combining peppermint with lavender oil is also a great way to help your body relax and reduce muscle pain.
To boost your oral health and freshen your breath, try making my Homemade Baking Soda Toothpaste or Homemade Mouthwash. You can also add a drop of peppermint oil right to your store-bought toothpaste or add a drop under your tongue before drinking a glass of water.
To help relieve IBS symptoms, try taking 1–2 drops of peppermint oil internally with a glass of water or adding it to a capsule before meals. You can also apply 2–3 drops topically to your abdomen.
To use peppermint oil as a natural headache remedy, simply apply 2–3 drops to your temples, forehead and back of neck.
To boost your energy levels and improve concentration with peppermint oil, take 1–2 drops internally with a glass of water, or apply 2–3 drops topically to your temples and back of neck.
Mix peppermint oil it with coconut oil and eucalyptus oil to make my Homemade Vapor Rub. You can also diffuse 5 drops of peppermint or apply 2–3 drops topically to your temples, chest and back of neck.
To use peppermint oil for hair to promote hair growth and nourishment, simply add 2–3 drops of peppermint to your shampoo and conditioner. You can also make my Homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo, make a peppermint oil spray by adding 5-10 drops of oil to a spray bottle filled with water, or simply massage 2–3 drops of peppermint oil into your scalp while showering.
Living with itchiness can be a pain. To help relieve itching with peppermint, simply apply 2–3 drops topically to the area of concern or add 5–10 drops to a warm water bath. If you are using peppermint on sensitive skin, combine it with equal parts carrier oil before topical application. You can also mix peppermint oil into a lotion or cream in place of the carrier oil. You can also combine peppermint oil with lavender oil for itch relief, as lavender has soothing properties.
To improve the health of your skin and use peppermint oil as a home remedy for acne, mix 2–3 drops of peppermint with equal parts lavender essential oil and apply the combination topically to the area of concern.
To help heal your skin after sun exposure and to help protect your skin from sunburn, mix 2–3 drops of peppermint oil with a half-teaspoon of coconut oil and apply it directly to your skin, or make my natural homemade sunburn spray to relieve pain and support healthy skin renewal.
How Long do Essential Oils Last?
100% Pure essential oils do not go rancid, however over time they can oxidize, be compromised if subject to heat or direct sunlight, which in turn causes the value and quality of the oil to deteriorate. Oxidation will affect the therapeutic properties and increase sensitivity risk, whereas heat will cause it to evaporate and light will promote free radicals, which is why they are best kept in dark bottles.
It is also strongly recommended to store essential oils in the refrigerator to maximise shelf life and be kept away from the elements. Remember to keep your lids closed tightly
Shelf life is determined by the chemical composition of the oil and in the case of Frankincense, which contain high levels of monterpenes, (also applicable to esters, ethers, phenols or ketones) have a shorter shelf life of 1-2 years.
If you’ve purchased a large bottle of essential oil, it’s best practice to re-bottle the oil into a smaller bottle. This will reduce what’s known as the "headspace," i.e. the amount of oxygen which stays in contact with the oil while in storage.
How Do You Know if Your Essential Oil Has Deteriorated?
- Become familiar with the aroma and smell before use to see if it’s changed
- If the essential oil has become more think or dense in texture
- If it looks cloudy
- Best Practice: If there is no date on the label, always record the date you purchased the oil on the label or lid
Learn More About Peppermint Oil in this video by Dr Josh Axe.
“There are over 1000 medical studies alone on peppermint essential oil that prove it helps your digestive track, improves breath, and fights cancer. What makes peppermint so powerful is the compound in it called menthol, which helps reduce inflammation and acts as an antioxidant. One of the most common ways peppermint oil is used is as a breath freshener in toothpaste. Other ways it’s used is as a mouthwash, as an energy booster, to help IBS and leaky gut issues, to open airways for allergies, asthma, or bronchitis, and to ease headaches - Dr Josh Axe."
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