Essential Oil of the Month: Peppermint!

Essential oils are the oils from the plants they were extracted from in concentrated form. Essential oils have been used in skincare, folk and alternative medicine, aromatherapy, cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, foods and drinks for centuries.

Peppermint is, a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint.  It is found all over the world especially Europe.  It has a strong, clean, and refreshing mint aroma.  It is claimed that peppermint soothes digestion, supports the liver and respiratory systems. Improves the ability to concentrate; helps vertigo, Asthma, headaches, nausea,  and sinusitis when you inhale its fragrance. It can also help with colic, exhaustion, fever relief, flatulence, scabies, stress, Irritable Bowel or IBS, and pain relief.   Peppermint contains menthol ,  manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium,  copper, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.  Menthol has local anesthetic and counterirritant qualities.  Peppermint oil is also excellent for dull and oily skin.  Peppermint oil is a great addition to foot creams or oils.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to the carrier oil and massage into the face or specific area. Remove excess oil with a toner specific to your skin type or condition with a cotton pad.

If you pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Peppermint plant closeup photo, in my garden

Peppermint plant closeup photo, in my garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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