We are all familiar with peppermint because of its various uses. One is as essential peppermint oil and the other one is as peppermint tea that you can make out of the plant’s leaves. The aroma of peppermint is a distinctive sweet, menthol fragrance – exactly what we like so much when enjoying a hot cup of tea or an iced peppermint tea.
Another attribute is assigned to peppermint: Cool and refreshing. That’s why it is used in tooth paste, candy, chewing gum and mouth wash.
Peppermint belongs to the labiatae family of plants like the well known herbs lavender and rosemary. There are about 600 different kind of mints but there are only 25 very well defined species.
The most known and cultivated mints are peppermint and spearmint. It had been agreed upon that peppermint is a hybrid of the “water mint” which is quite sharply scented.
Greek mythology claims the god Pluto was in hot pursuit of the sexy nymph Mentha. When his wife, Persephone, found out, Pluto turned Mentha into an herb. Traces of Peppermint have been found in Egyptian tombs from as far back as 1,000 BC, while the Romans used the herb as a digestive aid.
The English herbalist Culpeper stated that mints are:
“… of warm subtle parts; great strengtheners of the stomach. Their fragrance betokens them cephalics; they effectually take off nauseousness and retchings…
Peppermint tea is very refreshing after a heavy meal. Inhaling its clean, penetrating aroma can help clear the head as well.
Essential Peppermint Oil from Aura Cacia
The oil is distilled from freshly cut, partially dried plant tops. These are cut just before the plants come into flower so the oil will have the best balance of fragrant constituents. If allowed to over-mature, the quantity and quality of the resulting oil will suffer, developing off-aromas that can be sharp, bitter and overly menthol-scented.
The primary constituent of peppermint oil is menthol, which causes a physical reaction when inhaled or applied to the skin. Menthol produces an immediate and pronounced sensation of coolness which the body reacts to quite strongly, producing its own “warming effect” as blood flows into the area of application. This physical sensation impresses the senses as a “medicinal” effect and is partially responsible for peppermint’s long history of use as medicine. Today menthol is often found in sports creams and chest rubs.
Essential Peppermint oil can be as well as energizing and soothing. At first the oil is cooling and bracing, then warming and comforting, the body and mind seem to tune into and benefit from the needed characteristics.
How to Make a Refreshing Room Spray
– Boil some water and let it cool off.
– Pour it into a preferably dark brown glass spray bottle and add 5 drops each of
lemon-peppermint and eucalyptus essential oil.
Use this blend as a room refresher and also as an disinfectant. The next time when your child is sick spray the room and linen with this oil blend.
How to Make The Sweet Clarity Blend
Many aromatherapy blends formulated to be energizing can be a bit too brisk and overpowering. But this blend combines oils that yield an energizing benefit with sweetly scented ones, making a combination that’s pleasant and uplifting. This blend is wonderful inhaled directly from the bottle or diffused when studying for a test or sitting through a long meeting