Updated: Oct 31
Mentha Piperita (Peppermint Oil)
Beautiful, fresh peppermint oil. I love giving an Aromatherapy massage with this oil as the fresh scent fills the air and lingers.
The essential oil is produced by steam distillation from the leaves of the plant.
Peppermint oil is well known to help relieve irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive issues. It's cooling on the skin (see below for a hot flush spray recipe), helps with migraines, headaches and blocked sinuses, clears the mind, helps with concentration and is a wonderful pick-me-up if you are feeling tired.
Blends Well With
and many more...
Hot Flush Body Spray
Hot Flush Spray
7 drops Clary Sage essential oil 7 drops Peppermint essential oil 5 drops Geranium essential oil 30 ml witch hazel
Combine all ingredients together in a glass amber (or coloured) bottle with a spray top. Shake well each time you use (to disperse the essential oils and avoid spraying neat oils on the skin). Spray on the decolletage and/or back of the neck when needed. Increase the peppermint if you need a further cooling capability. Use within 2 weeks, disinfect and wash thoroughly, then refill your bottle.
If you suffer from headaches, migraines or sinus pain, add 1 drop of peppermint oil and 1 drop of eucalyptus oil to a heatproof bowl of steaming water and inhale for 10 minutes. This is more effective if you use a towel to cover your head to keep the steam in.
If you have a lung condition, test your body response by smelling the caps of each oil before using to ensure the oils do not cause any sensitivity. This method of steam inhalation is not recommended for asthmatics.
Handmade Aromatherapy Soap (Peppermint, Lemon & Grapefruit)
And now (drumroll), a reward for getting this far down the blog post - a photo of my favourite animal :-) (We took this photo in Zambia in 2015)
Essential Oil Safety:
Always read the EO safety guidance
Always dilute before use (seek advice for recommended quantities)
Avoid contact with the eyes/mucous membranes
Do not use if pregnant without seeking advice
Do not use on children younger than 5 without seeking advice
Use lower dilutions for children/elderly
Ensure pets can leave the room if diffusing essential oils
If you have any medical conditions seek advice
Stop use immediately if you experience a reaction - inform your therapist and seek medical advice
If you are asthmatic or have any other lung condition, test your body response by smelling the caps of each oil before using to ensure the oils do not cause any sensitivity.
Get in touch if you'd like to purchase essential oils, products, get help with creating your own blend, or have an Aromatherapy massage, hot stone treatment or holistic facial.
Medical Disclaimer - The above information is intended for educational purposes only, and not to be taken as an endorsement or replacement for any particular medical health treatment. Please check with your health provider before embarking on any type of herbal treatment.