Family: Labiatae or Lamiaceae
Description: Peppermint is a perennial herb with green stems and leaves and white flowers. There are many other types of mint, some of which are also used in aromatherapy.
The essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowering tops and leaves. Countries of origin: America, England, Bulgaria, Morocco, Italy, China, Tasmania, Holland, Spain, Germany, Brazil
Characteristics: Peppermint has fresh, bright, penetrating, minty top notes and sharp, grassy, camphoraceous undertones. It blends well with lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus and lemon.
Main therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, febrifuge, nervine, stimulant, stomachic.
Peppermint is one of the best essential oils for all types of digestive upsets and should be used in a massage oil, gently massaged over the abdomen in a clockwise direction. Drinking peppermint tea at the same time creates a harmonious synergy between the two forms of peppermint. Overall, peppermint is refreshing, stimulating and restorative.
Combined with lavender, peppermint helps prevent colds and flu. Use no more than 3 drops in a bath, massage oil or inhalation. Peppermint is also good in a facial steam to deeply cleanse and decongest the skin, especially if acne is present. Combined with lavender in cold compresses, peppermint relieves headaches and migraines.
Psychologically, peppermint is bold, promoting clarity and alertness. A few drops of peppermint sniffed from a tissue can alleviate the symptoms of shock. It helps alleviate feelings of inferiority and insecurity, and can deepen intuitive insight.
Contraindications: Use only in small amounts in the bath and on the skin. Avoid using peppermint alongside homeopathic remedies.