The peppermint plant is actually a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. Peppermint is popular in countless forms, from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid. Peppermint is used to freshen breathe, soothe digestive complaints, relieve headaches, colic, gas, indigestion, and heartburn, arthritis, anger, depression, food poisoning, fatigue, headaches, inflammation, hysteria, liver problems, irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), morning sickness, memory, radiation exposure, regenerative and supportive to nerves, rheumatism, soothe and cool skin, tuberculosis, and toothaches.
Peppermint is steam distilled from leaves, stems, flower buds of the plant.
When diffused Peppermint helps stimulate and purify the conscious mind. It can aid with mental performance and memory. It is cooling and may help reduce fevers.
How to apply Peppermint:
- Topically – Can be applied neat directly to the skin. You can dilute it with a carrier oil with a ratio of 1:1 for sensitive skin or children. Apply directly to the area of concern or the the body’s reflex points.
- Aromatically – Diffuse peppermint essential oil.
- Internally – Take internally via a gel capsule or take with food/beverage.
How to use Peppermint:
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.