Peppermint

Peppermint is a cross between a number of wild mints. The true peppermint plant cannot reproduce, so propagation through the root system below the soil is needed...

Mentha piperata

Note: Top - 9

Parts Used: entire herb

Source: steam distillation of the flowering tops of the herb native to Europe

Description and Odor Effect: a pale yellow liquid with a piercing minty-camphoraceous odor. Its odor effect is stimulating and cooling.

Nature: uplifting, stimulating, warming, purifying, soothing

Blends well with: benzoin, bergamot, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, rosemary

Physical Uses: Peppermint oil has a beneficial effect on digestive tract, respiratory tract and circulation. It aids in digestive problems of any kind; indigestion, stomach cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhoea, colic, nausea and vomiting. It is clearing for sinus congestion, asthma, coughs, bronchitis, colds and influenza. The cool menthol stimulant eases fevers, headaches, migraines, muscle aches, neuralgia and rheumatic pain. It cleans and purifies the skin and can be used as a mouthwash for halitosis (bad breath).

Mental and Emotional Uses: The scent of peppermint oil encourages positivity while overcoming negativity, shock, hysteria, and mental fatigue. It is cool and clearing, and helps with clarity and focus.

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy. Use in lowest concentrations as it may irritate sensitive skin. Too much peppermint will also overpower your blends.

Therapeutic Properties: alterative (mild), analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antidiarrhoeic, antigalactagogue, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, antiphlogistic, antipruritic, antiseptic, antispasmodic (digestive system), antitoxic (gastrointestinal poisoning), antitussive, antiviral, aperitive, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, decongestant, depurative, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, insect repellent, invigorating, nervine, parasiticide, refreshing, refrigerant, restorative, stimulant (nervous system), stomachic, sudorific, tonic (heart), uplifting, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge

Applications: massage and bath oils, add to mouthwash, compress, inhalation, air spray, burner, deodorizer, vaporise

Keyword: Cooling

Peppermint Magic: Its presence raises the vibrations of an area. Fresh peppermint on the altar will call good spirits to be present and aid you in magic. Invokes the power of healing of people or places.

Peppermint Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To ease stomach cramps:

  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 4 drops Ginger
  • 4 drops Nutmeg
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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