Daily Essentials : Peppermint

Peppermint

Peppermint

Latin name: Mentha piperita
Country of origin: USA
Part of the plant: Leaves, stems, flowers
Extraction method: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: Menthol, menthone, isomenthone
Properties: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, stimulant, antispasmodic, astringent.

Why Use

Physical uses: Poor digestion, indigestion, nausea, stomach aches, motion sickness, respiratory congestion, sinusitis, coughs, infections (bacterial, viral), muscle aches, muscle spasms, sciatica, stiff joints, menstrual cramps, headaches, feeling over-heated, nerve pain, sluggishness, lymphatic support, immune support.

Skin care uses: Dermatitis, blemishes, minor skin infections (bacterial, viral), itching, greasy skin, over-heated skin, rough skin, insect bites and stings.

Psychological uses: Mental fatigue, mental fog, inability to concentrate, anger, nervous stress, mild depression, shock.

Subtle uses: Promotes clarity in communication. Supports a healthy self-esteem. Promotes inspiration and insights.

Notes: Use Peppermint in a 1-5% dilution. May be sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy and nursing. Do not use with children under 3 years of age.