Peppermint Oil

Peppermint OilCommon name: Peppermint or Mentha Oil
Botanical name: Mentha piperita
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Habitat regions: North America, Southern and Central Europe
Common method of extraction: Steam distillation
Part of plant used: Whole plant and especially leaves and flowers
Color: Colorless to slightly yellow
Scent: Strong minty, camphorous
Combines well with: Lavender, Geranium, Rosemary, Rose, Lemon, Mandarin, Lime, Juniper and Sandalwood oil
Description: Peppermint or Mentha has been used since antiquity both as medicine, scent and spice. In “Ebers Papyrus’, which is one of the oldest existing text, is mentioned that peppermint was used for aid digestion. Peppermint OilIt is said that the name mentha derives from Minthe, the legendary nymph who had been changed into plant mint by Persephone, the wife of god of death Pluto because she envied Pluto’s love for Minthe. Peppermint Oil is well known for its great analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and digestive properties. Nowadays, it is used for deodorising the air due to its strong cooling aroma, for soothing various conditions of digestive system, for treating skin issues, coxalgia and even as a insect repellent.

Peppermint oil properties

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Middle

Low

Analgesic Hypertensive Anti-inflammatory
Antimicrobial   Anti-infectious
Tonic   Expectorant
Peptic   Antipyretic
Nervine   Pesticide
    Insecticide
    Emmenagogue
    Antispasmodic
    Antiseptic

Therapeutic action

 

High

Middle

Low

Neurology Migraine   Stress
      Depression
      Exhaustion
      Mental exhaustion
      Neuralgia
      Convulsions
      Neurasthenia
      Unconsciousness
Digestion Headache due to digestive issue   Dyspepsia
      Flatulence
      Nausea
      Vomiting
      Atony due to peptic issue
Skin     Eczema
      Itching
      Dermatitis
General Health Care Pancreatic insufficiency    
Otolaryngology (ENT)     Rhinitis
      Otitis
      Sinusitis
Infections     Influenza
      Fever
      Yellow Fever
Pneumology     Cough
      Tuberculosis
      Bronchitis
Hepatic diseases Hepatic Failure    
Urology     Cystitis
      Nephritic colic
Dentistry     Tooth pain
Catamenia     Dysmenorrhoea
      Amenorrhoea
Cardiology     Arterial hypotension
Venereology     Prostatitis
Rheumatology Coxalgia    

Precautions: Peppermint oil is non irritant and non toxic at low dose. However, you should always be cautious when using it and keep in mind that it may cause skin sensitization. Moreover, people with high blood pressure, who take cyclosporine, women during pregnancy and lactation should avoid using peppermint oil. Never use it to children or babies without the guidance of an experienced aromatherapist because it can cause jaundice.

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