Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is believed to help improve concentration and clarity of thought. Evidence from the Egyptian tombs dating back to 300BC shows that the benefits of peppermint have long been recognised. The name Peppermint is derived from the Latin word mente meaning “thought” because the Romans used Peppermint as a tonic for the brain.
Source: Mentha piperita is cultivated in Britain, America, Europe and China, but grows world-wide.
Extraction: Peppermint essential oil is extracted from the fresh or semi-dried leaves and flowers of the herb.
Aroma: Peppermint essential oil is fresh, very minty, hot, herbaceous, with a vegetative back note.
Uses: Massage, baths, vaporisation, inhalation and compress.
Four drops in a basin of water will refresh tired feet.
Blends well with: Basil, Benzoin, Black Pepper, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Niaouli, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary and Tea Tree.
Caution: Peppermint essential oil is very potent, so never apply undiluted to skin, or just before going to sleep. Use sparingly for massage or in the bath. Always ensure proper dilution.