Peppermint essential oil is definitely one of the top 3 oils that you should never be without. It has so many different uses and fortunately since it’s part of the Young Living Wellness Essential Oils range, we can tell you all about them!
Firstly, let me just say that white labelled peppermint that you see here, and the green labelled peppermint are exactly the same oil. There is no difference whatsoever. The only reason you see the white labelled bottle is because the TGA (Therapeutic Goods of Australia) required us to identify those oils that we were allowed to share the therapeutic benefits of, compared to those we were not. So, it’s a compliance thing, and nothing more!
Peppermint is a highly concentrated essential oil and it takes 450gr of peppermint leaves to make just 1 single bottle of 15mls. It is for that reason that peppermint is considered a ‘hot’ oil. So it’s not hot to touch, but when applied to the skin, it does create a hot and cold sensation which some people don’t respond well to.
We encourage you to dilute this essential oil before applying topically to reduce any risk of any adverse reaction. 1 drop of essential oil with 1 drop of carrier oil, so a 50/50 dilution is appropriate. In saying that, I don’t personally dilute the oil as I love that hot/cold sensation, but everyone is different so please take into consideration your own skin sensitivities.
Peppermint essential oil is traditionally used in Aromatherapy:
- General health and wellbeing
- As an antipyretic to relieve mild fever
- As an analgesic to relieve pain
- As an analgesic to relieve toothaches
- To decrease the symptoms and duration of mild migraines
- To decrease mild rheumatic aches and pains
- As an antispasmodic
- As a cough suppressant
- To reduce menstruation pain
- To reduce occurrence of excess intestinal wind
- To reduce colic (wind/gas pain)
- To help reduce the symptoms and occurrence of indigestion
- To help increase bile flow
- To relieve nausea
For those of you new to the word ‘antipyretic’, it basically means that the oil works with the hypothalamus gland to regulate your core temperature which assists in reducing your fever.
For children aged 2+, you could apply a drop or two diluted to the base of their feet before bed. (All ‘hot’ oils must be diluted before applying them on the skin of children.)
Applying oils to the bottom of feet is one of the most effective ways to use ‘hot oils’ since the feet are the least likely to react to skin sensitivities, and if you take a look at any foot reflexology chart you’ll see the points that correspond with the different body systems.
This month peppermint essential oil is part of the Essential Rewards loyalty rewards. When your order reaches the 145PV level, you receive a 5ml bottle of peppermint for free (+ 1 x Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer!)