Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint and its name have roots in Greek mythology. Pluto – god of the dead – fell in love with the beautiful nymph Minthe. Pluto’s goddess wife Persephone became jealous and turned Minthe into a plant. Pluto could not bring her back to life but ensured that she would have a pleasing, fragrant aroma.

Peppermint is actually a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. Peppermint’s minty aroma reminds one of peppermint candies
, but is quite concentrated and actually more fragrant than spearmint. Peppermint oil is also sold in capsule and tablet form, which differs from other Essential Oils
and herbs.

Peppermint liquid has a high menthol content and is usually colorless to pale yellow. Most people will associate Peppermint Oil
with being a flavoring or scenting agent in foods, beverages, skin and hair care products, as well as soaps and candles.

Health benefits of peppermint and its oil have been studied and proven; including its ability to treat indigestion, respiratory ailments, headache and migraines, nausea, fever, as well as stomach and bowel spasms. Due to the presence of menthol, menthone and menthyl esters, peppermint and peppermint oil find numerous applications in the manufacturing of soap, shampoo, cigarettes, toothpaste, chewing gum, tea and ice cream.

Peppermint Oil
contains various minerals and nutrients and is often referred to as the world’s oldest medicine. The aroma of peppermint has been found to clear the brain and to be a mental stimulant. Useful information for those who have to drive for extended periods of time and wonder what can help minimize mental fatigue.
Peppermint cools by constricting the capillaries (explaining why it helps with bruises and sore joints) and it needs to be used in extremely low dilutions of one or two drops. It is also an irritant so it can be sensitizing due to its high menthol content. It is highly advised to avoid its use during pregnancy.
Peppermint oil has a strong scent and it blends well with many other oils, such as:

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Cajeput
  • Cedarwood
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Marjoram
  • Niaouli
  • Pine
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint
  • Thyme

When combined with Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus it is considered quite invigorating and is recommended for physical energy.

Another use for peppermint oil is a bit unusual. Place a drop of peppermint oil on a cotton ball and stick the cotton in holes, under cabinets or any other area you think a mouse might enter. For some reason mice do not like the peppermint smell and so are deterred from entering.

So whatever the reason you use peppermint oil, enjoy the aroma and gain from its benefits!