Tips for using mint essential oil in herbal medicine and aromatherapy

Most mints are antibacterial and act to calm and sooth the nerves. They stimulate the brain (but constrict the blood vessels) and are often used in aromatherapy. Use mint essential oils for acne, burns, colds, dandruff, gout, varicose veins, liver problems, kidney stones, facial tics, nervous spasms, fatigue, nausea, vertigo, hiccups, anger management, depression, athlete’s foot, toothache, motion sickness, and jet lag.

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Mint essential oil is distilled from the leaves of the plant.

Many types of mint are used in herbal medicine and aromatherapy.

There are over 650 varieties of mint and many are distilled into essential oils. They are all used in herbal medicine and aromatherapy depending on what is available.

Spearmint essential oil relieves stress.

Spearmint essential oil is light and refreshing. The shapely, pointed leaves of spearmint produce oil that is anti-inflammatory, calming, and a good tonic for the digestive system. Spearmint essential oil is used in aromatherapy to produce a feeling of joy and happiness. It is great for relieving stress and is useful in the treatment of bronchitis.

Peppermint essential oil helps purify the air.

Peppermint essential oil is a classic ingredient in the kitchen and other household products such as chewing gum, toothpaste, and mouthwash. It is very cooling and stimulates the heart, brain, and pancreas. Peppermint essential oil helps regulate the female system and can relieve headache pain. It is used to disinfect and purify the air, to cool fevers, and to help skin conditions such as eczema.

Peppermint essential oil uplifts the spirit.

Peppermint essential oil is often used in the sick room of seriously ill patients. It uplifts the spirit and is especially suited for the elderly.

Mint essential oil stops indigestion.

One drop of peppermint essential oil added to a glass of water will sooth indigestion, help get rid of gas in the stomach, and help stop vomiting. Peppermint essential oil can be taken (one drop at a time) internally by people and pets.

Several mints are native to North America.

Field mints such as mountain mint, horse mint, and corn mint are native to North America. They are the major source of commercial menthol and have more of a bite than other mints.

Try lemon mint, apple mint, orange mint, and chocolate mint.

Lemon mint tastes and smells like lemons. It may also smell like limes or sour oranges. Other mints include apple mint, orange mint, Corsican mint, chocolate mint, and pineapple mint.

Always dilute essential oils before use.

Never use mint essential oils without diluting. Never use at night because mint essential oil may cause insomnia. Do not use mint along with homeopathic remedies because it is considered an antidote.

Use pennyroyal with caution.

Pennyroyal is also a type of mint. It has a different aroma than other mints and must be used with extreme caution. Some sources say pennyroyal essential oil can be used on pets to repel fleas and ticks but it can cause severe reactions (in pets and people). I consider pennyroyal essential oil to be a poison and do not recommend it for any use. Pennyroyal essential oil is also a uterine abortive so never be around it if you are pregnant!

* Keep all essential oils away from the eyes. Do not take essential oils internally without consulting a qualified professional. Always dilute essential oils with good carrier oil and test on small area of skin before use. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.

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