Peppermint Essential Oil
Plant Origin: USA
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from leaves, stems, flower buds (organically grown but uncertified)
Shelf Life: 5 years in proper storage conditions
Storage: Store upright, lid tight, out of direct heat and sunlight
Recommended Adult Topical Dilution: 1-2%
Maximum Adult Topical Dilution: 5%
Selah oil blends that contain Peppermint:
The 10 mL roll-on is in a base of fractionated coconut oil (diluted at 5%).
Uses & Indications
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Peppermint dabbed on dull injuries, ideally combined with ice, will prevent swelling (Schnaubelt, 129).
1-3 drops in a glass of water for nausea, NOT for children under 5 (Schnaubelt, 134).
Digestive oils which help to combat nausea and morning sickness include lemon, peppermint, spearmint and ginger (Price, 243).
Peppermint is a neurotonic and energizing essential oil said to release depression and stimulate the mind (Price, 230).
Peppermint is found helpful when combatting diarrhea, as it is also anti-inflammatory and will help against nausea (Price, 266).
Heartburn can be relieved by applying peppermint in a carrier firmly on the chest area (Price, 242).
Peppermint and Rosemary are reputed to stimulate the memory (Price, 268).
Peppermint is noted as an emmenagogic essential oil (promotes menstrual flow in non-pregnant women suffering from amenohoea, or irregular or scanty menstruation (Price, 60-61).
Peppermint has been noted as being effective against MRSA (Price, 75-80).
Peppermint is known to relieve muscular aches and pains (Price, 244).
Peppermint is an expectorant and mucolytic (useful where there are sinus problems) (Price, 270).
Peppermint is best known as a remedy for digestive upsets and has a beneficial action on the stomach, liver and intestines. It is valuable in diarrhea, indigestion, vomiting and stomach pain because of its antispasmodic action which will relieve the smooth muscles of the stomach and gut (Davis, 233).
Davis says that combining peppermint, lavender and marjoram are helpful with colds and flu.
Cold compresses of peppermint, or peppermint and lavender, applied to the forehead and temples will relieve headache, and sometimes migraine, though not all migraine sufferers can tolerate the smell once an attack has begun. The compresses are most effective if they can be applied at the first sign of pain. Both these oils are effective painkillers, but while peppermint is stimulant, lavender is sedative. The combination of stimulant and sedative is found in many commercial pain-killing preparations (aspirin, phenatacin and caffeine, for example), but with the important difference that essential oils do not merely suppress the pain, but work on its causes, such as blocked sinuses, a congested liver, or mental fatigue (Davis, 234).
Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, asthma, depression, expectorant, fatigue, fever, flatulence, headache, indigestion, insecticide, insect repellant, intestinal parasites, mental alertness, muscle pain and stiffness, nausea, ringworm, scabies, sedative, sinus infection, sunburn, vertigo (Althea Press, 385).
Menopause, muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, pain, rheumatoid arthritis, hot flashes (Buckle).
Valerie Worwood, in her book, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, states that Peppermint essential oil should be kept in “Your Basic Care Kit.” She says, “It is a good oil in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, flu, catarrh, varicose veins, headaches, migraines, skin irritations, rheumatism, toothache and fatigue. It even keeps mice, fleas, and ants away” (p. 20).
Cleanse congested skin, kill bacteria, acne, dermatitis, itching, ringworm, scabies, insect deterrent, rodent deterrent, encourages bile production, strengthens liver, expels gas, nausea, stomach cramps, indigestion, feverish cold, bronchitis, influenza, loosen mucus, cool and reduce fever, pain-reliever, headaches, mental fatigue, nervous stress, palpitations, vertigo, dizziness, fainting, mental stimulant, shock (Purchon, 95-96).
Peppermint was investigated for its anticonvulsant activity and found to be very promising for the treatment of epilepsy, because it reduced seizure activity (Purchon, 96).
Inflammation, nausea, indigestion, fevers, flatulence, headaches, migraine, liver problems, arthritis; as a stimulant (Worwood, 405).
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Topical: Apply diluted directly on area of concern or on bottoms of feet. Avoid tender skin areas. Dilute before applying to skin. This oil is a "hot" oil.
Ok for children 6+ with proper dilution and avoiding the face and neck areas.
Pregnancy and lactation safe with extra dilution.
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Inhalation: Diffuse or inhale directly.
Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the FDA
Internal: Although the quality of Selah Oils is excellent, it is not advised to take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a certified physician who is also certified in aromatherapy. We recommend getting internal dosing instructions from a licensed physician as some essential oils are not recommended for oral consumption. This is in no way a reflection on our oil quality, only a matter of safety and caution with respect to how concentrated essential oils are. When used within safe parameters, and under your physician's care, the quality of our essential oils is such that they can be used internally if deemed appropriate.
However, with that said, it is important to remember the extreme concentration of essential oils. "Using essential oils by rubbing them into the skin or via inhalation is in many cases more effective than oral delivery" (Schnaubelt 96).
All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion.
All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. It is not advised to take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a licensed physician who is also certified in aromatherapy.
Peppermint oil will antidote Homeopathic remedies. Please use caution when combining oils with homeopathy.
A note about Peppermint oil and Pregnancy: We have found that several professionals recommend that peppermint not be used by pregnant women. However, Tisserand and Price both categorize peppermint as ok. In an effort to give you only the best information possible, we contacted Mr. Tisserand and asked his opinion regarding peppermint essential oil and pregnancy. This was his reply:
“I have always believed that if peppermint oil was risky in pregnancy there would need to be warnings on peppermint-flavored gum and candy. There is evidence that menthol is safe in pregnancy (p. 592 of my book) and there's none that I am aware of that either menthol or peppermint poses any risk. If others think differently, I don't know what their thinking is based on.”
Use with caution if dealing with high blood pressure or cardiac fibrillation.
Use with caution during breastfeeding as it may reduce milk supply.
Do not apply to or near the face of infants and children or other inhalation methods under the age of 6 (can cause breathing problems in babies and young children).
If for any reason you get essential oils in your eyes, put carrier oil along the eyebrows above the eyes and on the cheekbones below the eyes.
Do not put essential oil inside the ear canal.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
GC/MS Key Constituents:
Menthol Acetate 3.80%
Menthone <iso> 3.13%
Menthol <neo> 2.79%
Caryophyllene <trans> 1.68%
Higley, Connie & Alan. Reference Guide for Essential Oils (2012).
Purchon, Nerys and Lora Cantele. The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook For Everyday Wellness (2014).
Tisserand, Robert. Essential Oil Safety, Second Ed. (2014).
Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z (2000).
Worwood, Valerie. Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child (2000).
Worwood, Valerie. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy (1991).
Buckle, Jane. Clinical Aromatherapy Essential Oils in Practice (2003).
Althea Press. Essential oils, Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing (2015).
Purchon, Nerys and Lora Cantele. The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Handbook for Everyday Wellness (2014).
Price, Shirley & Len. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (2012).
Schnaubelt, PhD., Kurt. The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (2011).
Schnaubelt, Kurt Ph.D., Advanced Aromatherapy (1995), p. 96.
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