Peppermint essential oil, also called balm mint or brandy mint, has a fresh, somewhat minty and strong smell. It is considered an adaptogenic oil, and although peppermint is not traditionally used in perfumery, the aroma is known to "give a lift" when inhaled.
The main constituent of peppermint oil produced in the United States is the alcohol, l-menthol (42.8%). Menthol is responsible for the cooling taste of peppermint, which is why peppermint is used extensively in commercial products, such as cough drops.
Before applying peppermint oil directly to skin, a skin patch test is recommended. You can also diffuse peppermint essential oil directly into the air for inhalation by using a terracotta light ring or a variety of diffusers.
Here's a recipe for a peppermint-based migraine rub (just in case!):
- Chamomile Anthemis nobilis oil: 5-drops
- Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globules oil: 5-drops
- Lemon Citrus limonum oil: 5-drops
- Peppermint Mentha piperita oil: 5-drops
- Base oil: 2-T
- Blend the oils and apply to shoulders, neck, and temples
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*Note, this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prescribe. You should always check with your primary care physician.