Going back to prehistoric time it is believed that peppermint was used medicinally. Peppermint is known to be one of the world’s oldest medicines. The history goes back as far as Roman times where the Romans and Greeks used peppermint to flavor food, wine and sweets. It was also mentioned by Aristotle that it was being used as an aphrodisiac!
Europe has been mentioned for therapeutic use of peppermint in the mid-18th century. Peppermint was used by traditional herbalists for relieving digestive difficulties such as stomachaches, gas, diarrhea and indigestion as well as colds, flu, nervous disorders, cholera and to ease tension headaches. Many of these complaints are still being treated by peppermint.
Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stems of the plant. The natural plant-based chemicals include menthol, menthone, menthofuran, menthyl acetate, 1.8 cincole, pulegone, perillyl alcohol, limonene, beta-pinene and beta caryophyllene.
Some of the best uses now for peppermint are:
• Digestive Aid
• Fever Reduction
• Fungal Infections
• Headaches & Migraines
• Pain Relief
• Promotes Hair Regrowth
• Respiratory Problems
• Skin Complaints
• Weight Loss
It is important that your essential oil supplier knows what they are doing when growing and distilling the herb. Buy only from a trusted source and organic, if possible. This oil is extremely condensed and one drop has the menthol content of over 20 cups of peppermint tea. Be very careful when using peppermint on or near the face and never apply this oil anywhere near the eyes or ears. Dilate with organic carrier oil if you have sensitive skin.
-Dr Fredda Branyon