The Oil a Day Series: Peppermint

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.

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**Please remember that none of the claims about these essential oils have been verified by the FDA and the information here is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease of chronic conditions. Always consult with your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medications.

Today’s featured oil is one that is very popular and well known: Peppermint!

History


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!

Constituents

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.

Potential Benefits

–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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Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the use of essential oils.  You can learn more about purchasing Young Living essential oils HERE. They truly are the best oils on the planet!
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