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Peppermint Oil

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

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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Peppermint Oil Mentha Piperata

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Peppermint Oil mentha piperata is a plant that is perhaps the most fragrant and well known of the mint family. The leaves of peppermint are shorter and broader than spearmint with larger spikes of purple flower. One of the main uses of peppermint oil mentha piperata is as aromatherapy oil. The almost colorless peppermint oil is distilled from the whole of partially dried plant and has a strong refreshing fragrance. The main property of peppermint oil mentha piperata is menthol, which is antibacterial and anesthetic, which will help improve the blood flow when its applied to your skin (please use with a carrier oil).
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Peppermint Oil has been used by many ancient cultures, including Egyptians, Chinese and American Indians, because of its extremely health promoting properties. It is an excellent digestive, it helps the respiratory system and circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory, and an antiseptic.

While our focus is on essential oils, to understand the benefit of peppermint oil mentha piperata , see how its leaves can be used. Grow your own peppermint for salads and garnishes. Peppermint stimulates the appetite and improves digestion and absorption. It has a relaxant and anti-inflammatory effect, relieving pain and spasm in the gut, stomach aches, colic, wind, heartburn and indigestion. The tannins protect the digestive tract from irritation and infection and peppermint is excellent for many bowel disorders such as diarrhea, Chrohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

When you drink hot peppermint tea, circulation is stimulated, and sweating occurs, which helps reduce fevers and clear congestion. The antiseptic properties of the hot peppermint tea help to throw of colds and flu, herpes and chest congestion. The stimulating properties of the hot tea dispel lethargy and help to recharge vital energy.

As with all essential oils, Inhalations, baths and Massage are excellent uses of peppermint essential oil. Peppermint oil is still used in carrier water to settle upset stomachs. Smell a drop of peppermint oil mentha piperata on a tissue to helps nausea. A few drops of peppermint oil on a handkerchief can alleviate headaches and symptoms of sea and travel sickness, as it is refreshing and invigorating. Peppermint Oil makes a refreshing skin tonic or bath oil in the summer because of its cooling properties. Used in a footbath peppermint oil mentha piperata can help sweaty, smelly or tired feet, or in a compress to relieve hot flushes. Do not use peppermint oil in a concentration of more than one percent as it can cause irritation.

Peppermint Oil is excellent for skin disorders. Peppermint oil is good for the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, flue, varicose veins, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, rheumatism, toothache and fatigue. Peppermint oil mentha piperata on a saturated cloth even keeps mice, fleas and ants away.


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