December’s Essential Oil of the Month: Peppermint!

6 Dec

Botanical Name: Mentha x piperita

Source:  herb/leaves

Overview:

Put a little pep in your step this December with the refreshing aroma of peppermint essential oil!  There is more to this essential oil than candy canes and an herb that mixes well with chocolate.   This is a wonderful oil to use this time of year as we typically become caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  If you find yourself lacking energy, then peppermint is a great choice as it is a stimulating oil that can awaken your mind and provide you with a healthy energy boost.

 Peppermint essential oil can bring the aroma of the holidays into your home but can also be an oil that gets added to the first aid kit. Peppermint is an excellent essential oil to have on hand as it aids in relief from headaches, nausea, upset stomachs, nasal and chest congestion, insect bites  and so much more.  Peppermint also works as an analgesic (pain reliever) for the muscles, that’s why it is one of the ingredients in Your Body Needs… Muscle Therapy CreamPeppermint essential oil also increases circulation; so next time you come to Your Body Needs… for a massage why not try our peppermint & eucalyptus aromatherapy blend?

Uses & Facts:

  • Peppermint essential oil is found in Your Body NeedsMuscle Therapy Cream, Peppermint & Eucalyptus aromatherapy blend for massages and seasonally offered in the Merry Mint votive candles!
  • Peppermint can be used around windows and doorways in the home to keep ants away.
  • Use as headache relief; mix one drop of peppermint with one teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to forehead, temples and base of neck and take a few deep inhales of the oil.
  • For sinus and nasal congestion use in a steam inhalation to open up the nasal passages.  Add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil and 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a bowl and fill with boiling water then breathe in. (Just remember to keep eyes closed; peppermint can irritate the membranes of the eyes).
  • In the warmer months peppermint can be used for its cooling effects.  Apply a couple drops to a cool cloth and place on your neck.
  • Add one drop of peppermint essential oil to hot tea for upset stomach relief.
  • The botanical name Mentha evolved out of Greek mythology where Menthe was a nymph that was changed into a plant after Persephone became jealous over Pluto’s love of this nymph. 
  • Peppermint was used in baths during Medieval times for its fresh scent.

Recipes:

Festive Holiday Diffuser Blend:

4 drops Peppermint
3 drops Cinnamon
4 drops Rosemary

Green Bean Salad with Mint

Makes 6-8 servings

1.5 pounds fresh green beans                                         1 clove garlic

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil                                          1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves                                               1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1cup each: toasted walnuts, chopped red onion and crumbled feta cheese.

Directions:

Wash beans and trim ends; cut into halves or thirds.  Blanch by dropping into boiling water 5 minutes.  Drain and plunge into ice water 5 minutes; drain and chill.

Combine oil, mint leaves, vinegar, salt, garlic and pepper in food processor or blender and process 20 seconds; set aside.  Place beans in large glass bowl and top with toasted walnuts, red onion and feta.  Pour dressing over salad and toss before serving. 

*Best if made 2 hours ahead of time or the day before for flavors to develop.

*Recipe is from Herb Society of America

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line!  For the month of December receive 10% off your Peppermint pure essential oil purchase!

As always, check out our website atwww.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

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