Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil......

Peppermint is an herb. The botanical name of this plant is Mentha piperata. Its areas of origin are China, England, France and the United States. The color of the oil is clear and the aroma is pungent and fresh. The effects are cooling and refreshing.

It has extremely useful health-promoting properties and has been used by many ancient cultures. These include the Chinese, Egyptians, and the American Indians.

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Victoria Falls at Sunset from Zambia, Victoria Falls, Zambia

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Uses of Peppermint

• Indigestion

• Flatulence

• Bad breath

• Anti-inflammatory

• Circulation

• Respiratory system

• Antiseptic

• Varicose veins

• Headaches including migraine

• Skin irritations

• Rheumatism

• Toothache

• Fatigue

• Mice, flea and ant deterrent

As a digestive aid peppermint oil relieves nausea, indigestion, and abdominal spasms.

In musculoskeletal injuries it relieves chronic conditions, strains, and spasms.

It purifies the air and relieves sinus congestion.

It relieves sunburn.

It stimulates the sleep cycle.

It elevates moods, regulates emotions, and reduces fear.

It promotes regular menstruation, eases symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramps, and relieves sugar cravings.

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White-Fronted Bee-Eater Perched on Branch, Kafue National Park, North Western Province, Zambia

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Botanical Name - Mentha piperita

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Flowering plant

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Fresh, very minty, hot, herbaceous, with a vegetative back note

Largest Producing Countries - USA, Africa, and Egypt

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Crowned Crane, Zambia

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Traditional Use - Flavoring agent in pharmaceuticals, and ingredient in cough, cold and digestive remedies. It’s also used as a flavoring agent in many foods, especially chewing gum and confectionery, alcoholic and soft drinks; also tobacco. It’s fragrance components in soaps, toothpaste, detergents, cosmetics, and perfumes.

Properties - Analgesic, anesthetic (mild), antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiphlogistic, antipruritic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, decongestant for the prostate (mild), depurative, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, sedative, stimulant (particularly to the heart, brain, and pancreas), stomachic, sudorific, tonic (nerve), vasoconstrictor, vermifuge, and viricide.

Benefits - Acne, asthma, belching, bronchitis, cholera, clears the sinuses, colds, cough, cramps, dermatitis, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea, dyspepsia, eczema, fainting, fevers, flatulence, flu, gaseous indigestion and irritated colon, gastralgia, halitosis, headaches, hysteria, insect bites, insufficient liver or pancreas juices, kidney stones and gallstones, mental fatigue, migraine, motion sickness, mouth or gum infections, muscular pain, nausea, nerve pain, nervous disorders, neuralgia, palpitations, paralysis, poor circulation, pruritis, purulent (itching, stinking), respiratory disorders, ringworm, scabies, sciatica, shock, sinusitis, toothache, travel sickness, tuberculosis, vertigo, and vomiting.

Blends Well With - Basil, benzoin, black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus (all), geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, pine, ravensara, rosemary, tea tree, and other mints.

Safety Data – Peppermint oil us non-toxic, non-irritant (except in concentration), and a possible sensitizer due to menthol content. It’s not recommended for use while pregnant.

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Wading Across Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia

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Anti-stress abdominal massage oil

Recipe makes 1 ounce or 30 ml

7 to 8 drops sweet marjoram

22 to 25 drops tangerine

15 drops fennel

7 to 8 drops peppermint

1 tablespoonful or 15 ml olive oil

1 tablespoonful or 15 mo grapeseed oil

1 teaspoonful or 5 ml sesame oil

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Soothing Massage

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For digestion, abdominal distress, or menstrual cramps:

Apply a few drops to your abdomen and massage gently in a clockwise, circular motion.

Follow by placing a hot washcloth over the affected area.

Let your body relax and your mind calm.

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Peppermint is one of my favorite essential oils. I especially love peppermint tea! I must admit when I first drank it (I am a coffee lover) I didn't like it at all. However, as I drank it I seemed to connect with the oil. Now I find it simply divine and a potent stress reliever. Go to and learn about making peppermint tea from fresh herbs. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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