Welcome to Simply Healthy Life’s series on essential oils, The Oil a Day Series. Here you will find simplified (but still in depth!) information about various essential oils and how they can be used.
Peppermint essential oil is derived from the peppermint plant. The peppermint plant is a hybrid mint–a cross between watermint and spearmint which is indigenous to Europe and the Middle East. Most peppermint today is grown in the United States. It takes approximately one pound of peppermint plant to make one 15 mL bottle peppermint esesential oil.
Peppermint essential oil has a long tradition of being used in folk medicine and aromatherapy. Historical writings tell us that the Romans and Greeks crowned themselves with peppermint leaves and their cooks used it to flavor their sauces and wines. The ancient Egyptians used peppermint for indigestion.
Peppermint oil is highly potent. To get the benefits of a single drop of pure peppermint essential oil you would have to drink 25-28 cups of peppermint tea!
The primary constiuents of peppermint oil are menthol, menthone and menthyl acetate. You can do a quick google search and find many different benefits of menthol.
–promotes healthy intestinal function
–promotes gastrointestinal system comfort
–energizing, uplifting scent
How to Use
Place two drops in a gel capsule with carrier oil and take up to three times daily.
Add to your favorite drink or recipe (it tastes great in hot chocolate and chocolate protein smoothies).
Add to herbal tea to help soothe occasional upset stomach.
Add one drop to your water bottle when working out.
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