The benefits of peppermint essential oil are as wide and varied as one can imagine. It has a rich history of use dating back thousands of years and evidence of its use has been found on the walls of pyramids in Kemet (Egypt). Peppermint has also been used throughout history by the Chinese, Europeans and Indians, and I'm sure, many other cultures who find its enticing aroma to be both exciting and therapeutic.
Alongside ginger, peppermint has a history of use in the natural treatment of digestive problems extending from simple gas and bloating to nausea and vomiting. It is recommended to be used during travel when motion sickness can get the best of us. A cup of peppermint tea after supper can help aide in the digestive process and soothe stomach pains.
Respiratory System/ Immune System
Peppermint essential oil is useful in the natural relief of sinus congestion, colds and influenza. Both the essential oil and the herb can be used heavily during a time of cold to help boost the immune system and provide much needed relief from congestion, inflammation and infection. On a personal note, I always brew a fresh pot of peppermint leaf with turmeric root when my children get sick to arm myself against a rising fever. On one occasion, my 5 year old developed a fever of 102° F over the course of the day. I administered the herbal drink mentioned above and within 2 hours (I kid you not!) his temperature had reduced down to normal. His energy was restored and he was ready to get up and play (of course by this time it was time for us to go to bed...naturally).
Peppermint oil is an excellent source of focus and concentration, along with rosemary essential oil. Diffuse into the air during study or while concentration is required to experience the natural powers of peppermint essential oil. While peppermint oil can be calming to the nervous system in small amounts, too much can lead to over-stimulation of the mind. Always remember, just a drop will do ya! (This is why I never make our Motivational Mint soap at night.....anymore.....or else I'd be doing jumping jacks to try to relieve some of the extra energy and focus peppermint affords.)
Peppermint essential oil has been used in herbal remedies to relieve pain and inflammation for as long as its recorded history can take us. An isolated constituent of the plant, albeit the synthetic, manufactured version, is added to many store-bought pain creams to aide in reducing pain and swelling of the joints and muscles. Our very own Ailments Herbal Joint Cream contains peppermint essential oil along with many other oils and herbs all known to reduce pain and inflammation. Salvatore Battaglia states in The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, second edition, pg 247 that "The local anesthetic action of peppermint is significant."
While some may discredit the energetic attitude, so-to-speak, of essential oil profiles, we believe in them wholeheartedly. Everything is made of energy, therefore everything radiates energy. Peppermint essential oil is said to help the wearer dispel unchecked ego and pride. It aides in developing a new kind of superiority, one that honors the inner strength and courage to face challenges with vigor each day. This oil is said to help relieve feelings of inferiority and help conjure new thoughts and feelings about the wearers position in life.
Peppermint oil should not be used on mucous membrane areas such as the nose, mouth and genitals. I personally recommend that you avoid its use on the face altogether as the potent aroma can be irritating to the eyes. Also, as my wonderful husband found out, do not use in a child's bath as the oil is simply to strong for their little bodies (poor things...all three of them suffered...him from guilt and the boys from sore privates!).
And as with all essential oils, do not take anyone's word for it. Look up the oils yourself in a reputable book or two and determine how to best use them for yourself. Be cautious about what you are doing and have fun while learning. Take notes and develop a relationship with each essential oil you choose to use. Let your journey determine what you use, how and why. Blessings...