When we’re out and about selling our products at festivals and the Farmer’s Market, one oil our customers ask for is Peppermint. Not only does Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) have a refreshing scent; it also offers a variety of health benefits (as explained by Liz Fulcher of the Aromatic Wisdom Institute).
Peppermint contains a lot of menthol, which is helpful for spasms, cramps, and gas. It aids digestion and soothes nausea and headaches. It can be great to repel insects; we make a peppermint and water spray for ants in the kitchen and it kills them on contact!
Peppermint relieves pain and inflammation and is antibacterial and antifungal. It’s also cooling, making it helpful for fever. It is an expectorant and decongestant.
Peppermint also reduces fatigue and awakens the mind. It can boost a sense of confidence and creativity.
A word of caution, however: due to its strength, peppermint can be irritating, especially to the skin and mucous membranes. It should not be used for children under five, because it can be brain damaging if applied near the face. It should also be avoided by people with blood clotting disorders due to its high menthol content.
Peppermint makes a great ingredient in room sprays to freshen the air! It’s also wonderful in a foot bath or lotion for tired, sore feet (it can be a little irritating for a full bath, however; so avoid that).
I hope this little overview of peppermint has been helpful for you! Let us know what you think in the comments below!