|PEPPERMINT Mentha piperita|
Calm and Stress
Peppermint has been used by the Egyptians, Romans, and down through the ages. It grows in Australia, Europe, and North America. It is widely used in foods, candies, gums, dental products, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Because of this wide acceptance, and hence mass production, it is important to avoid Peppermint essential oils that may come from some of the high volume production processes that sacrifice quality and purity for inexpensive volume. Low cost usually is not high quality. (...) is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the plant that is grown in the United States.
Many studies have noted the power of Peppermint, even in smaller amounts for stomach problems. Aromatherapists have long suggested using Peppermint either internally, aromatically, or topically for indigestion, nausea, or other digestive ailments. Topically a 1 or 2% dilution with a carrier can be massaged over the abdomen.
Peppermint is often used to improve mental alertness and acuity. Apply Peppermint to the back of the neck to help relieve stress and tension. It can be applied to the temples to relieve headache. When applied to the bottom of the feet, Peppermint creates a cooling sensation and may help to reduce fever. Its aroma is uplifting and invigorating and when used topically can be soothing to tired, sore muscles. Its cooling sensation is perfect for fresh breath and opening the sinuses and airways. The FDA certifies Peppermint as GRAS. Mixing a drop of Peppermint with a blend of other oils will help the body absorb the constituents faster.
Precautions: Has a strong cooling sensation. Do not use with infants. Use with care during pregnancy.
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