With its minty, herbaceous scent; dozens of applications and fascinating history, it’s no wonder peppermint is one of our best-selling essential oils. Scroll on to learn about this well-loved scent, but be advised: you may crave a candy cane after reading.
According to Greek mythology, the genus Mentha originated after a fight between Pluto, his wife and a nymph named Minthe. The story states that Pluto, the Greek God of the Underworld, had an affair with Minthe. When Pluto’s wife learned of the affair, she killed Minthe. Pluto then reincarnated Minthe as the mint plant to preserve her memory (American Botanical Council).
A hybrid of spearmint and watermint, peppermint has long provided cooling, relief from pain and other benefits to its users. It was used to fight indigestion in ancient Rome and Greece and has been found in pyramids in Egypt (Encyclopedia.com).
Peppermint is a highly concentrated oil, therefore, it’s imperative to dilute it in a 2-10% dilution prior to each use. Keep this in mind as you read the following suggested uses.
- Relieve headaches and painful mental tension by applying peppermint essential oil to the temples, across the forehead, behind the neck and other areas in need of relief.
- Apply to the lower stomach to improve digestion.
- Diffuse to create a calming and invigorating environment.
- Apply to the chest to ease congestion and other cold-related symptoms.
- Inhale directly from the bottle to reduce nausea.
- Add to meals for a minty twist.
- Combine 6 drops of peppermint oil with a shot of dishwashing liquid, then add the mixture to a spray bottle filled with water. Spray around the perimeter of your home to prevent pests.
Whether you’re cooking, ill, or simply looking for a natural way to relieve a headache, peppermint can help. Your essential oil collection won’t be complete without it!