How To Use Peppermint Oil In Aromatherapy?
Peppermint leaves are used to make essential oils. The biological name for peppermint is Mentha piperita. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation method. The oil is extensively used in the East as a tonic for mental relieve for thousands of years and the Bible mentions mint being used as a tribute. Mint word is derived from the Latin word ‘mente’ meaning â€œthoughtâ€.
Peppermint has a strong menthol, sweet aroma, when it is inhaled in undiluted form. It can make the eyes watery and tingle the sinuses. It has vital aromatherapy benefits as it is refreshing, vitalizing and has cooling effect. It stimulates and counters mental fogginess, shock and lack of focus.
Use Of Peppermint Oil In Aromatherapy:
It is a versatile oil as it has following properties-
Aromatherapy Effects Of Peppermint Oil:
Peppermint oil has various aromatherapy effects as-
Menstrual and physical muscular pains-
this oil is one of the most widely used for such pains. It has a relaxing effect on muscles and slightly numbs the affected area and lets you forget the pain.
Many athletes use peppermint oil to get relief from the pain in joints and overworked muscles. Consultation with a doctor is necessary before using this type of treatment.
Cold And Nausea-
Placing 3 to 4 drops in a handkerchief and put to your face and breathe in the smell will relieve you of nausea and cold.
Peppermint oil is also used to treat-
- irritable bowel syndrome
- irregular periods
- nervous conditions
- cold and flu
- muscle pain
- treat shock
- to improve concentration and memory
- travel sickness
Use Of Peppermint Oil:
- As a fragrance in cosmetics, soaps, perfumes and detergents
- As a flavoring agent in various medicines
The safest way to use peppermint aromatherapy is to keep it in air and breathe it in through steam, it calms the senses and relaxes the body.
Adding 10 drops of peppermint oil to bath water, breathe the peppermint scent in while relaxing in the bath.
It is advised to dilute the oil in a carrier oil before using it on your abdomen to get relieve from menstrual pain.