This is one of the many oils where only a very small fraction of world wide production is used by aromatherapists, yet it is one of those at the top of the list in terms of the amount produced.
The leaves of this and other mints have been used in the Middle East for centuries to freshen the breath which gives a clue to one of it’s main uses – toothpaste. There are many recipes using baking soda to make your own. The link is where this recipe comes from.
Homemade Baking Soda and Coconut Oil Toothpaste Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 2 tablespoons Baking Soda
- 10 drops of Peppermint oil (optional)
*You can make a larger or smaller batch depending on how long you would like it to last and what size container you’re storing it in.
1. Mix baking soda and coconut oil in a small container, until it forms a paste like consistency
2. Add several drops of peppermint oil and mix (*peppermint is optional)
Because peppermint is an anti-fungal agent it is good for oral thrush. The anti-fungal properties also make it a good oil to mix in a carrier oil for athletes foot. For a foot cream I mix it in olive oil and beeswax.
The herb is also widely used for making teas. Personally I don’t like those made from tea bags, even the best organic brands but I love a tea made with fresh mint from the garden, especially with a little honey from my bees kept on our allotment in Trumpington, Cambridge.
And of course the other user which dwarfs aromatherapy is the food industry including confectionery.
The oil is widely used for indigestion, most chemists selling capsules containing it. However I do not advise taking it neat without the capsules which stop it being released till it passes through the stomach into the gut. Psychologically it performs a similar function, being good for those situations where, “we just can’t stomach something!” It is good both for studying and for developing tolerance and acceptance.
While, my training taught me to avoid it in pregnancy this is not mentioned in Tisserand’s book on Essential Oil Safety, (The bible on this subject for Aromatherapists) However in pregnancy and with the young I tend to use spearmint instead which I feel has a gentler action while sharing many of the same properties.