The mint family is one of the most aromatic and useful plant families, both for herbal medicine, the culinary arts and aromatherapy. Excellent for headaches and cough, peppermint is a stimulant and revitalizer. A derivative, menthol, is used as an important component in the pharmaceutical and tobacco industries. It has both antiseptic and expectorant qualities so it is useful for the respiratory tract as an inhalation useful in the mouth as a mouth wash; or added to toothpaste can be healing to gum infections and canker sores. Ten drops added to a bath can have a cooling affect on the body.
Origin of peppermint
A native of southern Europe, this plant is grown all over the world but now comes mainly from the US.
Properties of peppermint oil
It has a pungent taste, with cooling moisturizing effect. Peppermint acts as diaphoretic, carminative, nervine, stimulant, analgesic, decongestant and antiseptic. It has a strong, fresh smell and generally has a refreshing, invigorating effect.
Most common uses
Regulates the nervous system.
Good for palpitations
Good for hiccoughs
Good for insomnia
Good for migraine.
Regulates the digestion and acts as an antiseptic to the bowel.
Cleanses the blood.
Good mouthwash in cases of gum disease.
Good for many skin complaints, such as eczema, dermatitis, over heated skin, bruises and ulcers.
Mixes well with: clary sage, sage, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary and citrus oils.
Warning: Can aggravate severe chills and neurasthenia.