Moon Essential Oil Blend: Peppermint

 

The Oil of a Buoyant Heart - Peppermint

This is my mum, Beverley Gay Elliott (nee Wood)

My love affair with peppermint started when I began my journey into menopause.  I didn’t know I was actually perimenopause because at the time I was in a very dark place. You see, my darling mum, Bev was dying with ovarian cancer. I was 48 and my mum was 70. I never got the chance to talk to her about her experience of menopause, it was never spoken about and I never asked her. I had no idea what was ahead of me. I miss my mum every day and when I’m feeling particularly vulnerable and not able to carry the burden of her loss any longer, I use peppermint essential oil to soothe my sadness.


My enduring thanks to Mentha piperita

maybe it’s just the way you make me smile
the cooling rain on my skin as your mist of beads ascend
anger is fleeting, when I raise my cupped hands
the forgiveness is their whenever I have sinned
you bring my mind to attention and make my eyes wide with wonder
my sadness fades when you are near
my gladness remains
— Susan Hart

Peppermint essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowering herb.  Peppermint is grown all over the world and has been cultivated, harvested and used in a variety of ways by many peoples across many cultures.

Peppermint essential oil is minty with a very sharp scent.  It affects the body in many ways:  Supporting the digestive and nervous system, aids in affecting the muscles and bones and is cooling to the skin.

Six ways Peppermint essential oils can be used would be in the areas of Alertness or Endurance, Allergy relief, Cooling during fever or hot flushes, headache relief, nausea and congestion support.

Studies have shown that Peppermint essential oil has analgesic properties meaning acting to relive pain.  It is also shown to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, antiseptic, anti-viral, antispasmodic and invigorating

What I mean to say is:  WHAT AN AMAZING Plant!!

In history it has been shown that for centuries, Peppermint has been used to soothe digestive issues, freshen bad breath and to give relieve to colic, gas, headaches, heartburn and indigestion. 

I’ve also found it to be emotionally supportive during my menopause years, especially when anger, depression or despair crept into my mind. Peppermint just lifts my mood in a way that nothing else can. 


Home Remedies

Cooling: Blend 2 drops peppermint with 2 drops of eucalyptus in a bowl of cool water.  Moisten a washcloth with the essential oil water and use to sponge the forehead, back of neck, and feet.

Congestion: When in the shower, drop 2 drops of eucalyptus and 1 drop of peppermint on the floor of the shower while showering and inhale the vapours.  My favourite, is to add this to a bowl of hot water, put a towel over your head and bowl and breathe in the vapours – close your eyes as it is very strong.

Anger or Frustration: Add 15 drops of peppermint essential oil to a 10 ml roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil and apply it to your wrists, back of ears and heart space. 


Warning:  Essential oils are powerful and potent chemicals and require proper handling. The essential oil remedies I offer can only be used in conjunction with doTERRA essential oils. These oils are certified by the Australian and New Zealand Food and Safety Code and undergo strict testing by doTERRA to ensure its authenticity, potency and chemical/additive free claims. Keep these oils out of the hands of children and ensure you keep the lid on tight and stored out of sunlight.  If you are pregnant you must not use these remedies.  If you are on medication you need seek advice from your GP or health professional before using any essential oil.

*(extracts taken from the Emotions & Essential Oils – A reference guide for emotional healing)

** (extracts taken from Modern Essentials Handbook)