Mint essential oil is derived from Mentha piperita , a plant of the family Lamiaceae . Known for its digestive, anti-stress and antibacterial properties , it is useful in case of halitosis,nausea and colitis.
Peppermint: characteristics and curiosities
The Peppermint is a hybrid originating from Mentha aquatica and Mentha spicata, the case of herbaceous perennial plant of the Labiatae family.
- It reaches the height of 70 cm, has straight stems, opposite leaves, lanceolate and covered with a fine hair, very aromatic; the flowers are small, white and conical.
- It grows well in areas with a temperate climate, almost absent in those with a tropical climate. It tolerates sandy soils and exposure to full sun and must be watered frequently.
- The multiplication takes place by cutting, or by division of the tufts, at the end of September.
- The peppermint flowers and leaves, for herbal use, are collected between July and August.
he properties of peppermint oil
Peppermint essential oil is widely used in aromatherapy because of the benefits it brings:
- tones the nervous system
- tones the stomach, intestines, liver
- relieves painful spasms
- expectorant and useful against colds
- promotes digestion
- calm nausea and diarrhea
- calms toothache and migraine
- it is antineuralgic
This essential oil is made up of menthol (63%), menton (24%) and other active ingredients such as vitamin C, flavonoids, tannins. The general properties are:
- digestive, improves dyspepsia problems
- antiemetic, excellent against nausea
- antiseptic, ideal against the evils of the season
- antispasmodic, useful against painful spasms
Use and practical advice on mint essential oil
Massage oil : two drops of mint in a spoonful of almond oil and massage locally for persistent cramps; bad digestion; on the temples in case of headache.
Motion sickness : against car sickness, seasickness and air sickness, put a few drops of mint essential oil on a cotton wool pad and smell it from time to time, during the trip.
This essential oil is incredibly useful against all types of pain: headache, digestive, cervical tension, menstrual pain, muscle pain, rheumatism etc.
In fact, it performs a powerful analgesic action.
- Joint and Muscle Pain: Dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 100ml of jojoba oil and massage the affected part.
- Migraine: Dilute 5 drops of essential oil in 10 ml of almond oil and massage the temples locally, until the pain is alleviated.
- Menstrual Pain: Dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 50ml of almond oil, and massage the belly or where necessary, with slow and circular movements. It will help relieve spasms and pain.
Contraindications of mint essential oil
Do not apply pure mint essential oil to the skin, but always mix it with a base oil (Jojoba oil, sweet almond oil etc.). It is not suitable for children under the age of 12. Pay attention to the eyes, as it is highly irritating to the mucous membranes. Do not exceed the recommended dose.