Under the Microscope: Peppermint Essential Oil

Hello Readers,

Welcome to Dhunuwi Wa Durrgan's first Under the Microscope Blog!
Today we are exploring and identifying the amazing benefits and qualities of Peppermint Essential Oil. 

Peppermint Essential Oil is extracted from the Peppermint (Mentha × piperita). 
The leaves and flowering buds can be used to extract the smell and medicinal properties. 

If you have ever crushed the leaf of a peppermint plant in your hand and smelt the rich peppermint smell, you have experienced the aromatherapy of peppermint. 

The benefits of Peppermint oil have been used for thousands of years and can be traced back to eighteenth century England, with some records dating back to Ancient Egypt where the Oil was used for digestive assistance.
Beyond myth, Aristotle believed the herb to be a natural aphrodisiac, and Alexander the Great was rumoured to forbid soldiers to consume peppermint for fear that it conjured erotic and distracting feelings. Conversely, Ancient Roman naturalist, Pliny the Elder, reported its popularity simply as a pleasant food flavouring and table garnish.

Peppermint Oil is recorded as assisting in digestion, sinus relief, respiration support and clarity. The main recorded benefits in the modern day are;

  1. Respiratory 
  2. Headache relief
  3. Reduce stress
  4. Increase energy and alertness 
  5. Reduce sore muscle with anti-inflammatory properties 
  6. Reduce the itch of bug bight 
  7. Add to shampoo to reduce dandruff 
  8. Deter bugs and ants from the house 

Doterra has three main peppermint products, 

  • Peppermint Oil 
    100% pure peppermint oil with no additives. (Some companies will sell the peppermint oil with a mix of a base oil such as olive or coconut. Some even going as far as mixing the leaves with vodka.) 
  • Peppermint Beadlet 
    A small vile of small beads filled with pure peppermint oil. 
  • Peppermint Oil roller bottle 
    A pre-mixed bottle of fractionated coconut oil and peppermint oil 

Peppermint essential oil can be used in the following ways;

  1. Aromatic
    Can be dispersed into the air with a diffuser 
  2. Internal
    - Can be diluted into a beverage of your choice, one drop of oil per glass
    - Add one drop into a hot chocolate for a delicious mint choc beverage 
    - If you drink chocolate protein shakes, you can add one drop to enhance the flavour 
  3. Topical 
    (When applying topically, always mix with a base oil such as fractionated coconut oil) 
    -Rubbing the peppermint oil on the stomach for digestive comfort 
    - Using a drop on the temple area or back fo the neck for mental clarity and to assist with tension or tiredness. 

Personally, i use Doterra's essential oils everyday!
I use a beadlet after my morning coffee and have a small roller bottle of peppermint oil in my bag to assist with tension from working on computers all day. 
When i treat myself to a bath, I add one drop of peppermint and two drops of lavender to relax and stimulate my skin. 

The Benefits and qualities of Peppermint Oil, make it one of my absolute necessities and favourites.  

What are you waiting for?
Contact me via email today if you would like to welcome some Peppermint Essential Oil in your daily life :)