Essential Oil of Peppermint
Origin: Native to Europe but also grows in Japan and the USA
Plant description: The stem reaches to about three feet and has slightly hairy, serrated leaves with purple spiked flowers
Part of plant used for essential oil: Leaves/Flowering Tops
Extraction method: Steam
Main Chemical Constituents: Menthol (Alcohol), Menthyl acetate (Ester), Carvone, Jasmone, Menthone (Ketones), Carvacrol (Phenol), Limonene, Phellandrene (Terpenes)
PRECAUTIONS: A powerful oil and care should be taken with dosage. Probably best used in infusers, however as a massage oil it is safe at 1-2 drops/ounce in local areas. It commonly causes irritation to the skin and mucus membranes and must especially be kept away from the eyes.
PROPERTIES: Analgesic, Antidontalgic, Anaesthetic, Antigalactagogue, Antiphlogistic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Carminative, Cephalic, Cholagogue, Cordial, Decongestant, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Hepatic, Nervine, Stimulant, Stomachic, Sudorific, Vasoconstrictor, Vermifuge
Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Stimulates muscles and good for numbness of limbs, shock, vertigo, anemia, dizziness and fainting. It’s pain relieving action seems to relieve headaches, migraines, toothache, aching feet, and neuralgia.
Digestive: Its most important use is for the digestive system. Has a relaxing and slightly anaesthetic effect on stomach muscles. Beneficial against food poisoning and deals with vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, halitosis, colic, gall stones, and nausea as well as travel sickness.
Immune System: A good remedy for colds that halts mucus and fevers and encourages perspiration
Mental/Emotional: Its cooling nature seems to relieve states of anger, hysteria and nervous trembling. Excellent for mental fatigue and depression. A stimulating oil to be avoided at night.
Reproductive: People experiencing skipped periods can be helped by its emmenagogue properties. Mastitis sufferers can benefit from this oil.
Respiratory system: Useful in respiratory disorders as well as dry coughs and sinus congestion. Reputedly has an effect on asthma, bronchitis, cholera, pneumonia and tuberculosis
Urinary system: May be helpful for kidney and liver disorders
Skin care: Disliked by insects. Removes toxic congestion from the skin and helps ease dermatitis, ringworm, scapies and pruritus. Restricts capillaries which helps with itching and inflammation. Helps pull up blackheads and balances sebum. Do not use on skin at higher than .25% (1 drop of oil/ounce)