What are Peppermint Aromatherapy Oils?

Mandi Rogier

Peppermint aromatherapy oils are liquefied extracts from the menthe piperita plant that are used to treat a variety of ailments through their distinct scent. Aromatherapy is a form of complementary medicine that uses the fragrances of a variety of essential oils to treat physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Peppermint essential oils are frequently used in these therapies.

Peppermint.
Peppermint.

The highly fragrant peppermint plant has been used for its potent oils for centuries. The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians recognized the peppermint plant’s distinct scent and the potential that it had. This oil is a very powerful substance. While it is generally safe to use, it is too strong for infants, children, and pregnant women. Peppermint essential oils can cause irritation if they are applied directly to the skin.

Peppermint aromatherapy oil.
Peppermint aromatherapy oil.

Peppermint contains menthol and has a very cooling and invigorating quality. Individuals must be careful when using this oil, though, as the cooling sensation can quickly become a burning sensation when the oil is used too much or inhaled too strongly.

Oils can be applied with cotton balls.
Oils can be applied with cotton balls.

Peppermint aromatherapy oils are naturally stimulating. This oil can be used to clear the mind and promote alertness and concentration. It is often used when studying as it is believed to help improve memory and concentration. While these effects are beneficial under the right circumstances, peppermint essential oils should not be used before bed as they can cause insomnia.

Some emotional conditions are thought to respond to the aroma of peppermint oils. In general, the scent is believed to be very uplifting, creating a revitalized mood. It is also believed to improve communication.

Nausea responds well to peppermint aromatherapy oils. Whether this is caused by menstrual periods, illness, motion sickness, or a hangover, the scent of peppermint can help. It may even be able to ease vomiting.

Headaches respond well to these oils. Headaches caused by congestion are doubly responsive to this type of treatment as congestion can be eased with the peppermint oils as well. Even migraines can be treated with this aromatherapy oil.

Peppermint aromatherapy oils can be used in a variety of ways. They can be applied to a cotton ball or pad and gently wafted beneath the nose for a quick and simple way to harness the power of peppermint. A few drops of peppermint essential oil can also be added to a compress, sachet, or bath. Always dilute the oil in water before applying directly to the skin.

Peppermint oil may be used to treat a hangover.
Peppermint oil may be used to treat a hangover.

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