Thursday, May 4, 2017

Benefits & Uses for Peppermint Oil

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Where Did Peppermint Come From?

Who loves a good story? No? How about an interesting story? Well no matter you can skip the story. It is said that peppermint came from a Greek water nymph named Minthe. She caught the attention of Hades, the god of the underworld, who just happened to married to the goddess Persephone. Well, Persephone found out about this love affair and in a rage went to avenge herself. Now here is where the story gets tricky because there are 2 no 3 different versions, so pick the one you like best.

  1. Persephone kicked and stomped Minthe into the ground. When Hades found out he turned her into a plant that everyone would be attracted to.
  2. Hades came upon the two women and seeing the wrath in his wife's eyes turned Minthe into a plant before Persephone could do her any harm.
  3. Persephone was giving Minthe a working over and Hades turned her into a plant. Persephone began stomping on the plant releasing the aromatic smell of peppermint which calmed her.

Background on Peppermint Essential Oil   
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Due to the fact that there are conflicting facts on peppermint I will only write the things I found to be consistent. Peppermint is in the mint family and is a cross between water mint and spearmint. Peppermint has grown in Europe and the Middle East for hundreds of years. It has also been found in the tombs of Egypt. Today it is grown in various places around the world. 

  • Processing -  Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stems
  • Species - Menta Piperita 

Therapeutic Properties

  • Analgesic - Relieves pain
  • Antiseptic - Prevents the growth of disease causing microorganisms 
  • Antigalactagogue - Reduces a mother's milk supply
  • Antiphlogistic - Reduces inflammation
  • Antispasmodic - Used to reduce muscle spasms 
  • Astringent - Causes the contraction of body tissues usually the skin
  • Carminative -  Relieves gas
  • Cholagogue - Promotes the discharge of bile from the system
  • Decongestant -  Relieves nasal congestion 
  • Emmenagogue - Increases menstrual flow
  • Expectorant - Helps to bring up mucus from the lungs
  • Febrifuge -  Fever reducer
  • Nervine -  Calms nerves
  • Stimulant - Raises the levels of physiological or nervous activity within the body
  • Stomachic - Promotes appetite or assists with digestion  
  • Sudorific -  Induces sweating
  • Vasoconstrictor - Causes blood vessels to narrow
  • Vermifuge - Relieves worms and parasites 

Ways To Use Peppermint Oil

Aromatic
  • ·          Place 2 to 3 drops of oil in a diffuser
  • ·         Put a drop on each palm, rub together, place over nose and mouth, and breathe normally
  • ·         Inhale directly from the bottle
  •       Put a few drops on the collar of the shirt and inhale as needed
  •       Put a few drops on a piece of cloth inhale as needed
Topical

Peppermint oil may be applied as is to the skin, but those with sensitive skin, young children and the elderly should dilute it using a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba. The carrier oil will take nothing away from the medicinal properties of the essential oil.

  • Reflex Points - For some issues applying diluted oil to specific areas of the souls of the feet are recommended. 

To dilute choose the carrier oil, use 1 drop of oil for every 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.

Internal  
  • Add 1 - 3 drops of oil to tea or water
  • Fill a vegetable capsule with 1 drop oil and 2 drops carrier oil, such as coconut to see how your body reacts. You may then consider increasing the oil to 2 drops with 4 drops carrier oil. 

Everyday Uses                                        
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Household Uses
     Insecticide – Apply 1 – 2 drops onto a cotton ball and then place it in the problem area

Mental & Emotional Health
     Alertness – Combine one drop each of peppermint,  frankincense, and orange; then apply a drop on each palm (as mentioned above in aromatic)
     Autism – Apply by rubbing in one drop of diluted oil on the chest each day
     Endurance – Refer to any options mentioned above in aromatic suggestions
     Memory – Diffuse thoroughly within the room when seeking to enhance memory

Oral Health –
     Halitosis – Apply 1 drop onto your toothbrush, or create a homemade mouthwash by using ½ cup filtered water, 2 tsp organic baking soda, 4 drops of peppermint oil, or simply add 1 – 2 drops to a 2 ounce glass of water

Physical Issues
     Antioxidant – All of the methods for aromatic, topical, or even internal, can be utilized for this purpose
     Appetite Suppressant – Inhale directly from the bottle or add 1 drop to a cup of filtered water
     Asthma – Diffuse, or apply by rubbing, a diluted drop of oil onto the chest
     Bacterial Infections – Rub a diluted drop of oil on the problem area
     Bell’s Palsy – Can be used topically and aromatically as directed above
     Brain Injury – The same method as described under Bell’s Palsy
     Chronic Fatigue – Diffuse throughout the room, or apply a diluted drop of oil by rubbing or massaging onto the bottom of both feet
     Common Polyps – Take a dose in a veggie capsule, or rub a diluted drop of oil on the problem area
     Congestion – Diffuse throughout the room, inhale directly from the bottle, or rub a drop of diluted oil onto the chest area
     Constipation – Slowly rub one diluted drop of oil on the abdomen in a clockwise motion
     Cooling -  Rub or massage the diluted oil on back of the neck, wrists, behind the knees, and even apply onto the tailbone
     Cramps – Rub diluted oil on the problem area
     Crohn’s Disease – Add one drop of oil to 2 ounces of water, drink this several times throughout the day, or rub in one drop of diluted oil on the abdomen area
     Decrease Milk Supply (nursing moms) – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on both breasts 1 – 2 times a day to increase milk supply
     Diarrhea -  Take a dose orally or rub a drop of diluted oil on the abdomen using a clockwise motion
     Endurance – Utilize any or all of the aromatic suggestions and methods listed above
     Fainting – Hold the bottle under the nose of the person who may faint or feel faint
     Fever – Rub or massage a single drop of diluted oil onto the bottoms of both feet, on the back of the neck, and even on the tailbone
     Gamma Radiation Exposure – Rub or massage 1 drop of diluted oil onto the bottoms of both feet, or take internally
     Gastritis – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil in a clockwise motion onto the abdomen or take orally
     Headaches – Rub or massage 1 drop of diluted oil onto each temple, avoid the eyes due to irritation
     Heartburn – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the chest area or take orally
     Hernia – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil over the problem area
     Herpes Simplex – Rub 1 diluted drop over the problem area
     Hot Flashes – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the back of the neck and also onto the bottom of each foot
     Huntington’s  Disease – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the bottoms of each foot, or diffuse throughout the room
     Hypothyroidism – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on directly onto the thyroid area and reflex points on the bottom of both feet 
     Indigestion – Diffuse throughout the room, take orally, rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the reflex points of each foot, or apply by rubbing 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil using a clockwise motion onto the abdomen
     Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Apply by rubbing 1 drop of diluted oil in a clockwise motion onto the abdomen, rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil on the reflex points on the bottom of both feet, or take orally by adding 1 drop to a 4 ounce glass of water and drinking several times throughout a day
     Jet Lag – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on the bottom of each foot
     Menstrual Cramps – Apply by rubbing a drop of diluted oil over the problem area
     Motion Sickness – Place a drop of oil directly onto a shirt, inhale directly from the bottle, even on car seats, or apply a few drops onto a cotton ball or scrap of cloth to inhale when needed
     MRSA – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the problem area
     Multiple Sclerosis – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil directly on the problem area
     Muscle Aches – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil directly on the problem area
     Myelin Sheath – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil directly on the problem area
     Nausea – See Motion Sickness method listed above
     Osteoporosis – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil on the problem area
     Paralysis – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil to the area of concern, or diffuse thoroughly throughout the room
     Rhinitis – Inhale directly from the bottle, or apply by rubbing 1 drop of diluted oil  on the side of the nose, avoid the eyes due to irritation
     Sciatica – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil onto the hips, begin at the center of the sacrum and work the rubbing in an outward motion
     Shock – Utilize any of the aromatic methods listed above or massage 1 drop of diluted oil on the neck, chest, and both shoulders
     Sinusitis – Inhale directly from the bottle or rub 1 drop of diluted oil on the sinus area, avoid the eyes due to irritation
     Surgical Wounds – Gently pat 1 drop of diluted oil onto the problem area to avoid itching the wound, use as needed when irritation or itching occurs
     Swollen Eyes – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the temple next to the swollen eye, avoid the eyes due to irritation
     Tennis Elbow – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil directly onto the problem area
     Throat Infection – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on the throat and chest area - at the same time gargle with 1 cup of warm water that contains ½ tsp of sea salt and 1 drop of oil use several times throughout the day, or diffuse throughout the room
     Typhoid – Diffuse throughout the room, take orally, or apply by rubbing 1 drop of diluted oil on the bottom of each foot, consider adding some of the oil into a natural household cleaners
     Ulcer – Apply by rubbing 1 drop of diluted oil on the abdomen, or add 1 drop of oil to 1 cup of filtered water and take orally 
     Vomiting – Add 1 drop of pure oil to 1 cup of water, if unable to keep this down due to illness, instead diffuse throughout the room or inhale directly from the bottle

Skin Issues
     Cold Sores – Dab a diluted drop of oil on the problem area
     Hives – Gently rub 1 - 2 drops of diluted oil on the problem area
     Itching – Same method as seen listed under Hives
     Scabies – Same method as seen listed under Hives
     Ticks – Put 1 pure drop on the tick and it will release easily, fall off, or back away from the area

Oils that Combine well with Peppermint

  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Lavender 
  • Lemon
  • Marjoram 
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree (melaleuca) 
DISCLAIMER: Prior to utilizing peppermint oil and the methods listed, always consult your healthcare professional or physician directly, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, planning on becoming pregnant, dealing with a current health problem, or taking additional medications. In addition, due to the strength of the oil and scent, peppermint oil should not be used for treating children under the age of 7. Remember, peppermint oil should always be diluted before used internally or directly applied onto certain areas of skin. If irritation or allergic reaction occurs stop the use of peppermint oil and consult a medical professional immediately.

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3 comments:

  1. We have never used for that, we'll need to try that. Thank you for stopping by.

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  2. I drink peppermint tea for my IBS. Very informative article! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for taking the time to stop by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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