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stay cool with peppermint!

Ethna Parker PhD 🌱 the essential researcher

· Essential Oils

The peppermint plant is a versatile perennial herb that has been cherished since ancient times. Its first recorded appearance dates back to 1000 BC when dried peppermint leaves were found entombed in ancient Egyptian pyramids. Throughout human history, this herb has been valued as a multi-purpose plant and an essential oil whose components are now used by cosmetic, culinary, and health industries around the world. When you used internally, Peppermint oil is also well known for its ability to help alleviate occasional upset stomach and promote healthy respiratory function. With so many uses, it is no surprise that Peppermint oil continues to be one of dōTERRA’s best-selling essential oils.

Directions for use:

  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in a cold water diffuser.
  • Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimise any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

Peppermint essential oil uses and benefits

  1. Peppermint oil makes a fantastic natural breath freshener. Mix a drop of Peppermint oil with a drop of Lemon essential oil in water, take a sip, and swirl it around in your mouth for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
  2. Start your day feeling more refreshed and raring to go by adding one to two drops of Peppermint oil to your favorite smoothie recipe for a burst of minty flavor. 
  3. When the summer heat threatens to overwhelm you, add one drop of Peppermint oil with a cut fruit like strawberries or limes for a deliciously infused water that will cool and refresh.
  4. For a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, place one drop each of Peppermint, Wild Orange, Frankincense and a carrier oil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and cup them over your nose and inhale slowly and deeply.
  5. Add Peppermint, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Lavender to your favourite after sun lotion for a cooling sensation that will also keep your skin in tip-top condition. 
  6. Combine two drops of Peppermint, three drops Grapefruit and two drops Sandalwood in a diffuser for a cooling, invigorating aroma. 
  7. Try adding 2 or 3 drops of Peppermint to your usual Brownie recipe for a pop of minty flavour.
  8. Add Peppermint oil to your next massage and enjoy the deeply pleasurable cooling experience it will bring to your skin while you enjoy its sweet and relaxing aroma. A great massage companion to Peppermint is Lavender which is renowned for its soothing and relaxing properties.
  9. Add a drop or two of Peppermint oil to your shampoo or conditioner for a stimulating hair massage to pamper and revive your scalp. 
  10. Peppermint oil has long been used as a home remedy to repel bugs naturally. Try placing one to three drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball soaked with a carrier oil and position them in the corners of your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, laundry room, or wherever you think these unwanted guests might be.  
  11. To relieve head or neck tension, add 1 or 2 drops of Peppermint to a carrier oil and massage gently around the base of the neck.
  12. Peppermint has strong emotional benefits. It’s popularly used to reduce sad and anxious feelings, calm emotions, soothe away tension, and relieve restlessness.

Fun fact

Peppermint’s scientific name is Mentha piperita. In ancient Greek Mythology, Minthe (also known as Mentha), a nymph, was transformed by Queen Persephone into a sweet-smelling mint.

Plant description

The peppermint plant is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint plants. This cooling and relaxing herb is characterized by its square stem, dark green leaves, and small bunches of light lavender flowers. The peppermint plant can grow to be approximately 18–36 inches tall and can be found in a variety of different areas. Peppermint is known to grow best by streams or in wet locations with a lot of rainfall. Due to its specific water needs, Peppermint is cultivated in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Method of extraction: steam distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant.  

Where is dōTERRA Peppermint sourced?

dōTERRA Peppermint is sourced from the Pacific Northwest of the United States and other regions of the world. For more information on dōTERRA's Co-Impact model of sourcing, head over here: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/peppermint-oil

Chemistry of Peppermint essential oil

Main Chemical Components: Menthol, Menthone, 1,8-Cineole

The main chemical component in Peppermint oil is menthol. Menthol has a monoterpene backbone with an alcohol functional group. Menthol contains energizing properties that contribute to the overall energizing effect of Peppermint oil. Menthol is known to soothe the smooth muscle that lines the colon. This relaxant property occurs due to menthol’s ability to keep calcium channels working optimally. The relaxing of colon smooth muscle reduces the movement of bowels, which eases occasional bowel looseness. When Peppermint is ingested, typically it is followed by a cooling sensation. This response happens because menthol activates the TRPM8 receptor, an indicator of cold.

Summer DIY: Keep your lips soothed and nourished all summer long

Summer days are spent in the sun, so why not give your lips a nourishing treat with this uber easy DIY lip scrub:

  1. Mix 4 teaspoons of brown sugar, 3 teaspoons of virgin coconut oil and 3 teaspoons of honey in a small bowl. 
  2. Add 2 drops each of Peppermint and Wild Orange essential oils. Stir until ingredients are combined. 
  3. Put contents into container(s) of your choice. 
  4. Apply to lips as needed.

Oils that blend well with Peppermint essential oil when diffused: Oregano, Basil, Marjoram, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Rosemary, and Melaleuca (Tea Tree oil).

Cautions: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Do not add to bath water.

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