Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil has been used since the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans for its detoxifying effects.
Effect on mind: Aids concentration and memory. Stimulates the brain to think clearly, encouraging a fresh and bright feeling. Excellent for mental fatigue and depression. Good treatment for shock.
Effect on body: Excellent for all digestive disorders, including colic, heartburn, flatulence, diarrhoea, bloating, nausea and vommiting. Cooling when hot, yet warming when cold. Idea for colds/flu, especially sinus congestion, dry cough and sore throat. Stimulating for dizziness and fainting. Eases headaches, migraines and toothache. Helps aching feet and muscular mains. Discourages insects and vermin.
Effect on skin: Removes toxic congestion so could help in dermatitis, ringworm, scabies and pruitus. Has a cooling effect through constriction of capillaries. Relieves itching, inflammation and sunburn. Softens skin, removes blackheads and helps with oily skin and hair.
Blends well with: Benzoin, cypress, lavender, marjoram, rosemary.
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Do not apply undiluted essential oils to your skin. Use a carrier oil or solvent to dilute first.
Do not drip undiluted essential oils into eyes as this will cause a chemical burn and may result in temporary blindness. Diluted essential oils may be used close to the eyes. More here.
Undiluted essential oils should not be dripped into the ears, but diluted essential oils may be placed on a cotton wad for partial insertion.
Keep essential oils in a place where young children cannot reach them, and never let them handle essential oils bottles.
If you have a skin condition, are pregnant, have epilepsy or asthma, are on a course of treatment with prescribed medication, or are in any doubt about any condition you may have, you are advised to seek the advice of a doctor or suitable practitioner before using pure essential oils.
For a full list of safety guidelines and more in depth information please visit the Tisserand Institute website.