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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — P — peppermint

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In Greek mythology there was a Naiad nymph called Minthe, who was the daughter of Cocytus, the god of the river that flowed through the Underworld realm of Hades.  Minthe was Hades’ lover. Hades decided to abduct Persephone and make her his wife. When Persephone was abducted, Minthe was cast aside by Hades. Minthe, jealous, would proclaim that she was more beautiful than Persephone, the daughter of Zeus, and soon Hades would grow tired of Persephone and return to Minthe. When Demeter, Persephone’s mother, heard what Minthe said, she transformed Minthe into garden mint. – from Greek Legends and Myths

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graphic link to MSU article on peppermint

Peppermint (mentha piperita)

Plant appearance: perennial plant with small highly aromatic leaves and spikes of small pink-mauve flowers

Parts used: fresh or partially dried plant. The U.S. Is one of the main producers of peppermint EO

Oil appearance: colorless to pale yellow

Therapeutic uses: headache, migraine, digestive problems, nausea, colic, gastrointestinal disorders, flatulence, colitis, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, sinus congestion, sinusitis, muscular aches and pains, muscular injury, muscular spasm, sciatica, sprains, rheumatism, menstrual cramps, neuralgia, acne, pimples, mental exhaustion, tension, physical exhaustion, fatigue, apathy

Precautions: avoid during pregnancy and while breast-feeding, avoid using undiluted in baths and showers. GRAS status

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peppermint essential oil

I decided to go with a youtube today as there are so many good things peppermint is good for.  Please disregard the sales pitch at the end.  Please make notes about precautions, especially about how POWERFUL just one drop of peppermint oil is.  I was shocked to learn that 1 drop has the equivalent of over 25 cups of peppermint tea!  I would also hesitate putting it directly on the skin and would dilute it with a carrier oil (e.g. sweet almond.)



50 thoughts on “A2Z 2020 — essential oils — P — peppermint

  1. This one I knew about the nausea bit. Jennifer craved peppermint candy when she was pregnant. The woman would send me to the store for huge sacks of it at any time of the night. I’ve taken peppermint for nausea…it works well…I didn’t know about the other benefits.

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  2. Great as a pick-me-up. Just put a couple of drops on a tissue (I wouldn’t use it neat on the skin). Once when I was flying long-haul, I managed to drop my open bottle in the sink in the bathroom just prior to landing. It spread through the plane and is seemed that everyone was wide awake before I returned to my seat!
    On the anti-ant remedy – I wish someone would tell the ants who are constantly invading my house that they didn’t like it.

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    1. Chris, I agree I wouldn’t put it directly on the skin. Maybe a hydrolat? That’s funny about the peppermint on the plane. Better than a lot of other smells on a plane! I think something with neem, tea tree, or bay would be better to keep bugs away.

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    1. Myths, and other cultural fairy tales serve to indoctrinate the very young into a paternalistic society. They don’t advertise the other ones much, but they exist.


  3. I won’t be able to look at the mint I grow in my garden with the same eyes any more. From now on, I’ll be reminded of Minthe. I hope I can pluck it as readily for I do like to use a few sprigs in my chai:)

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  4. I’ve not heard the Minthe tale before – it’s always a delight to learn a new one, even if it’s not the happiest. Spraying peppermint EO mixed with water has long been used as a repellent for ants and other insects.

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  5. I’ve used this directly on my skin – to distract from hip bursitis pain- and wow oh wow does it ever work. But one drop is definitely enough. And its hard to control how many drops you get dripping out onto your fingers, ha ha. I do still think its better to mix it with something though, even just so you can get better coverage.

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      1. I never thought of it for that! Adding to my self care routine. I remember selling a foot cream that was supposed to be good for circulation with peppermint in it when I worked in the biz.

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  6. I had no idea it could be so powerful. I know people who chew the plant leaves. (It might be a different form of mint, though it does look like the one pictured.) Very interesting.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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