Peppermint is a popular and commonly used oil in the world of aromatherapy. It’s a stimulating oil which excites the body and mind and helps to enhance your alertness, concentration and promote clear thinking. Peppermint dates all the way back to 1000 BC where it was found in tombs in ancient Egypt and is still used today in both herbal and modern medicine.
As its name would suggest, peppermint smells minty, refreshing and sharp. It’s a popular scent that is probably familiar to most with it being used to flavour items like toothpaste and chewing gum for its fresh and cooling taste. You can blend this nicely with other essential oils such as rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon, lime, lavender, basil, tea tree and eucalyptus.
With its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic actions, peppermint essential oil can help with treating tension, muscle spasms, aches and pain and toothaches. It encourages respiratory health by clearing the sinuses and relieving stubborn coughs. It can assist with IBS issues including diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain and cramps.
- Use in moderation in low dilution to avoid possible sensitisation
- Not recommended to use whilst pregnant
- Not suitable for babies/infants
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