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Peppermint Oil

Peppermint Oil History

Peppermint oil history is first noted in the oldest surviving medical text, the Ebers papyrus, and frequently mentioned in the Bible. The name ‘mint’ comes from the Latin mente, meaning ‘thought’ referring to the garlands of mint that were worn in early times to stimulate the minds and inspire clear thoughts. You thought those crowns of garlands were decorations that Greeks and Romans wore?

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No. Those peppermint crowns were worn to stimulate thinking and clear-headedness. Greeks and Romans wore the mint crowns for banquets and placed bunches of peppermint on the tables to keep a clear head hoping by having a clear head they could ward off drunkenness.

Peppermint oil is the most widely used form of mint. Peppermint oil is distilled from the leaves and flowering tips of the peppermint plant. The use of peppermint and peppermint oils in medicines goes back at least 2000 years. The addition of peppermint essential oil (sold here) to your regular essential oil collection enhances your ability to address many more health issues. The use of ‘after dinner mints’ began as an ancient custom of ending a meal with a sprig of peppermint to help digestion and sweeten the breath.

Greek and Roman herbalists prescribed mint for just about everything including hiccups and leprosy. English herbalist Nicolas Culpepper recommended peppermint for complaints of the stomach. Peppermint oil still remains an excellent digestive remedy.

Chinese, Japanese, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and American Indians are recorded as growing peppermint leaves and using peppermint oil. Remains of peppermint have been found in tombs dating back to 3000 BC. The Jews used mint for strewing in synagogues to cleanse and perfume the air for worship.

Today peppermint oil and spearmint are used in sweets, chewing gum, tea, toothpaste, mint sauce, mint jelly, cosmetics and in medicines. Peppermint oils are used in foodstuffs and as floorings such as chocolate. They are used in pressed meats, alcoholic drinks, pickles and sauces. Peppermint oil is used in pharmaceuticals such as toothpaste and in cosmetics, toiletries and perfumes. Most peppermint oil comes mainly from the USA. Try a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil in your evening tea as a soothing, cool invigorating enhancement to the tea, your lungs and stomach.


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