Our Living Libations Peppermint Essential Oil is bursting with minty freshness and powerful plant properties. It is distilled in France by one of our favorite, fourth generation family distillers, they create a magic mint that is the only peppermint we can find that is distilled from fresh (instead of dried) leaves. This ancient elixir was a main ingredient in the famous Egyptian perfume and remedy, Kyphi and the Greeks used mighty mint in their bath water and as a restorative herb. All the rage in Europe by the end of the 19th century, peppermint was and is much more than a mere breath freshener: it is known to ease headaches, clear the sinuses, improve digestion, and be victorious against a variety of bacteria and viruses. Mint derives from the Latin mente, meaning thought, as our antiquity ancestors considered it a boost for the brain. This energizing essence may also enhance mental clarity, improve focus and cultivate a razor sharp memory. Peppermint feels cooling and nice like ice, it is therefore one of those essential essential oils that belongs in every first aid and travel kit.
Botanical Name: Mentha peperita
Extraction Method: Steam
Part of Plant Distilled: Leaves
Country of Origin: France
Cultivation Method: Organic
Scent Description: sharp, fresh, minty intensity
In Libations Products: Happy Gum Drops, Mint & Myrrh Tooth Serums, Lucky Love Butter, Frankincense First Aid, Tonic, Mint Condition Lip Fix, Hot Lips Lover Lips, Lion Balm, Altogether Now Chocolate Bar, and Open Sky Eye Serum
Blends Well with: Frankincense, spearmint, lavender, marjoram, lemon, bergamot, lime, silver fir, geranium, chamomile, tansy, tea tree, thyme, oregano, carrot seed, spruce, and yarrow.
Uses: Calming and cooling, apply a drop to: temples and neck for tension, minor cuts, bruises, itchy bites and inflamed acne. Dilute to use in jojoba or a Best Skin Ever to soothe itchiness of eczema and minor rashes. Inhale in salt pipe and diffusers to refresh focus, breathe beautifully and alleviate apathy.
Contraindication: Due to its cooling properties do not use undiluted on children under five as it can bring body temperature down. Okay to use a small amount (1-2%) diluted, or consider using spearmint which is milder.
Our Peppermint Essential Oil is an uplifting burst of fresh mint and invigoration. Mentha peperita grows throughout Europe, Australia, and North America, with our French distiller offering some of the purest organic oil in the world. Peppermint Oil is frequently added to soaps, toothpaste, gum, and candles, and has remained a favorite breath freshener for over two centuries. Nausea and the effects of morning sickness in pregnant women may be eliminated with a single inhalation of this pungent, sharp scent.
The antibacterial and antiviral properties of Peppermint Oil have been widely documented by aromatherapists and academics the world over. Studies have shown peppermint to be effective against Irritable Bowel Syndrome, tension headaches, bodily aches and pains, and even the herpes simplex virus. The skin may also benefit greatly from applications of Peppermint Oil, which is reputed to neutralize excessively oily skin, moisturize dry scalp, treat fungal infections, soothe irritating itches and eliminate lice.
Our Peppermint Oil offers fantastic focusing benefits as well. Apathy and anxiety cannot hold a candle to peppermint, which is used to lift the spirits, release emotional blockages, and increase the mind’s ability to focus for long periods of time.
So many uses for marvelous mint, it is helpful and handy, like the Swiss Army knife of essential oils!
“For the aromatherapy user, peppermint oil is as indispensable as it is problematic: indispensable due to its healing properties; problematic due to the many different qualities and compositions in which it is offered. Peppermint oil is produced on an industrial scale in the United States and China, mainly for the production of menthol. Most oils produced in the US are standardized blends of varying qualities… the oils produced in England and France are the most suitable for use in aromatherapy… Peppermint should be a part of every traveler’s first aid kit…” ~ Kurt Schnaubelt, Advanced Aromatherapy
“[Mint] has a long-standing reputation as an aphrodisiac. Once esteemed as a cure for frigidity in both sexes, even today it is used as tonic for bulls and stallions when their sexual powers are waning. The Arabs still drink mint tea frequently to ensure virility.” ~ Julia Lawless, Aromatherapy and the Mind
“Peppermint is perhaps the emblem of a Western cerebral stimulant. Awakening and uplifting, when inhaled this oil can go a long way to induce a more optimistic outlook, increase alertness and generally promote motivation. Like Rosemary, Peppermint is a classic for individuals suffering from loss of enthusiasm or downright pessimism; for loss of self-esteem and reduced left-brained activities such as difficulty focusing, memorizing etc.… there has been a 1000-year long discussion among medicinal herbalists concerning its warmth quality. Is it a warming or cooling stimulant? The conclusion? Simply this: Peppermint is a cooling stimulant when applied externally and a warming stimulant when taken internally. As a dynamic expression of remedy-human interaction, its effective warmth quality depends entirely on how it is administered.” ~ Peter Holmes, Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics
“It is the destiny of mint to be crushed.” ~ Waverly Lewis Root
“In Roman mythology, when Pluto professed his love for the nymph Mentha, his wife Persephone, afire with jealousy, crushed Mentha into dust on the ground. Pluto, unable to change her back, transformed her into a peppermint plant and gave her a fresh fragrance so she would smell sweet whenever stepped upon.” ~ Alan Higley (quoting Roberta Wilson), Reference Guide for Essential Oils
Traditional, mental, physical, emotional benefits: Peppermint oil has been traditionally used to ease anger, relieve joint, tension and digestive issues, motion and morning sickness; soothe itchy skin, act as a digestive aid, cool inflamed skin, stimulate the mind, increase mental accuracy, first aid for insect bites and rashes, stimulate hair growth, relieve dry scalp, and treat acne.