Peppermint (Mentha piperita) 15mL
Plant Origin: India
Method: Steam distilled from leaves
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Monoterpenol
Aroma: Fresh, Crisp, Sweet, Minty
Children? Avoid use with children under 3 years of age. Do not apply on or near the face of infants or young children. Oral use not recommended for children under 5. Diffuse with care around 3 to 6-year old children and limit topical application to 0.5%.
Medication/Health Issues: Contraindicated: Cardiac fibrillation (all routes), G6PD deficiency (all routes), Cholestasis (oral use), Cigarrette Smoking (inhalation risk per Rhiannon Harris - May cause increased lung permeability to nicotine and menthol slows the ability to clear nicotine; as a precaution, allow several hours to lapse between cigarette use and inhalation), GERD (caution oral use; several studies suggest that enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules may help relieve common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, whereas non-enteric coated forms may worsen heartburn and nausea.) Cardiac fibrillation: "As a cautionary measure, menthol-rich essential oils, i.e., peppermint and cornmint, are best avoided by people with cardiac fibrillation, because menthol has been associated with destabilization of heart rhythm.
Health Concern: Smoking Inhalation of Peppermint (high in menthol), will cause increased lung permeability of nicotine. Menthol also slows the ability to clear nicotine from the body. Those who smoke should allow several hours to elapse between cigarette use and inhalation of high menthol essential oils.
Peppermint may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Appetite (inhalation or one drop daily may help regain - Schnaubelt)
Digestion (colic, colitis, Crohn's, diverticulitis, flatulance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, poisoning)
Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining)
Lymphatic system (drainage)
Mastectomy (no Lymph Nodes) swelling
Mentally focusing, energizing and uplifting
Menstrual cramps, irregularity
Muscles (cramps, spasms)
Pancreas tonic (per Schnaubelt)
Rash (itchy, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis)
Respiratory support (mucus and congestion - blend with 1,8 cineole-rich oils)
Taste (may help restore)
Tension muscles, headaches
Throat infection, laryngitis