Peppermint Oil – Peppermint Oil Uses
We use Certified Organic Peppermint oil
Peppermint Oil – Aroma
Strong and piercing, menthol and minty!
Peppermint Oil Uses in History & Today
Peppermint has been used since ancient times, dried leaves were found in the Egyptian pyramids.
It has been added to perfumes wines and foods, at feasts the ancient Romans would put crowns of Peppermint leaves on their heads, perhaps to aid post-feast digestion!
In Greek mythology we are told Mentha was the subject of Pluto’s affections, unfortunately Pluto’s jealous wife Persephone took offence and trod her angrily into the ground. Pluto felt compassion and changed Metha into a herb – mint.
Peppermint has one of the longest traditions in Europe as a medicinal herb, treating headaches, colds, digestive issues and much more.
Today it can be used in many ways – adding drops around doorways and windows is said to put off ants, mice & other unwanted guests from coming inside the home.
Adding a couple of drops of Peppermint Oil to the inside of the bin or toilet roll tube gives a fresh scent. It can also be diluted in water for a room deodorising spray.
Mix four drops in a spray bottle of water with 1/4 cup of white vinegar to make a powerful kitchen cleaning spray.
Add 1-2 drops to the bath or massage oil for an invigorating bath / massage which is great for muscles.
Peppermint is hybrid or Watermint and Spearmint, this herb loves damp conditions and grows well in several places around the world including the USA, the current main producer. The essential oil is taken from the leaves and flowering tops.
Peppermint Oil Skin Care Properties
Peppermint’s cooling action can help to relieve inflammation and itching. Helps to soften skin.
Properties for the Mind
A pick me up in times of depression or fatigue, helps to relieve nervousness and anger.
Many thanks to Wanda Sellar for her wonderful book The Directory of Essential Oils; anyone who has an interest in these wondrous plant extracts should buy this book. Several pieces of information on this page were inspired from her work.
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