Underestimated Peppermint!

DoTerra Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil
Mentha piperita

Peppermint is popular in countless forms, from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid

Peppermint is one of the oldest — and most highly regarded — herbs, and has been an integral part of herbal medicine for thousands of years.  It has a very wide range of uses, from soothing digestion to improving concentration and mental accuracy.

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Key properties of peppermint oil

Some of the therapeutic properties ofpeppermint include: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, expectorant and stimulant.

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Common uses for peppermint oil

Peppermint oil can be used for its calming effect to relieve stress and tension.  It is also effective for relieving the headaches associated with stress or digestive upset, as well as for migraines.  Just apply a few drops to the back of the neck for stress, or to the temples to relieve a headache. (careful not to get in eyes)

During the cold and flu season, peppermint can really prove itself to you.  It works well in reducing fever (just apply a few drops to the bottom of the feet).  It is also great at opening and clearing sinus and respiratory congestion.  It relieves headaches, diarrhea and nausea, and can bring a wide range of comforts to the misery of colds and flu.  (I’d hate to be sick without it.)

 The FDA has certified peppermint as GRAS, so it may also be ingested.  I’ll put a drop or two on the tongue and let it dissolve there before swallowing.

Peppermint is a natural choice to add refreshment to any beverage.  I also add it to purified water to sooth my digestion and to refresh and invigorate me.  It also freshens the breath and reduces the buildup of the bacteria that cause dental plaque and gum problems.

 During the summer months, it offers the added benefits of being very cooling, making hot weather much more bearable.

The fragrance of peppermint oil is uplifting and invigorating.  Applied topically, this oil is very soothing to tired, sore muscles.  It has analgesic properties, and can be helpful for menstrual problems or skin disorders.

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Peppermint oil was used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans, as well as many other groups throughout history.  Today, it is very widely used in foods, candies, gums, dental products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.  In fact, it may well be one of the most readily recognizable scents and flavors.

However, because of essential oils, like peppermint, gaining mainstream acceptance, it is more important than ever before to avoid essential oils that are impure or of inferior quality.  In today’s economy, anything that is widely accepted tends to get mass produced; but, with high volume production processes, there is generally a sacrifice of quality and purity for the sake of the bottom line.

With essential oils, as with most things, you get what you pay for.

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Modern research into peppermint oil

Recently, peppermint has been the focus of several studies that target its known benefits for improved digestion and anti-inflammatory activity in the intestinal tract.  Dr. P. Gardiner, M.D. has done studies on peppermint for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), digestive disorders, as a decongestant and for headaches.

Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint’s effect on the liver and respiratory systems.

Other scientists have researched peppermint’s ability, when inhaled, to restore impaired taste and smell.

Dr. William N. Dember, of the University of Cincinnati, studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy.  It was found that, when peppermint was diffused in a room, the subjects were much more mentally alert, and mental accuracy was improved by about 25%.

Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sense of fullness after meals.  As you can imagine, this could make peppermint oil a very helpful aide for weight loss

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Other uses for peppermint oil

Rub 4-6 drops in the palm and rub over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.

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Add a drop of peppermint oil to herbal tea, to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.

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Apply peppermint oil immediately to an injured area (bruised shin, hit on the foot or hand) to relieve pain.  If there is a cut, apply thepeppermint oil around (not on) the open wound.

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Inhale peppermint oil before and during a workout, to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.

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To stop hiccups, apply a drop of peppermint oil on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the large vertebra at the base of the neck).

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Place two drops of peppermint oil on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness and concentration.  (Note: be careful not to swallow right away; allow the oil to completely dissolve on the tongue before swallowing.)

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To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place two drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball, and place along the path or point of entry for these pests.

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Inhale the fragrance of peppermint oil to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.

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Put Headaches in the “Past Tense”

DoTerra Past Tense Essential Oil Blend

PastTense™
Tension Blend

PastTense™, dōTERRA®’s proprietary blend for tension and the discomforts associated with headaches, provides calming comfort with the strength of CPTG® essential oils of wintergreen, lavender, peppermint, frankincense, cilantro, marjoram, roman chamomile, basil, and rosemary. Packaged for convenient application in a roll-on bottle. For aromatic and topical use.

Past Tense is a blend of essential oils specifically blended to relieve headaches. It also relieves pain associated with tense and aching muscles and joints. It comes in a handy roll-on that fits easily in your purse or pocket.

Common Uses
Headaches/ Migraines
Tense Muscles
Muscle Pain
Joint Pain
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Application 
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Simply roll on the spot of pain.
Provides a cooling sensation and relaxes the pain away.
This is a very strong blend – use a little 
and waits 5 minutes before applying more.
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About The Ingredients:
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Wintergreen:
Analgesic, antibacterial, anti­inflammatory, astringent
and can be a stimulant, strong mover of elements, pain relief even to bones, arthritic pain, headaches, joint pain and skin disorders. It may also be effective with
cystitis, acne, bladder infection, gout, gallstones, edema,
eczema, osteoporosis, ulcers and UTI.
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Lavender:
Analgesic, antibiotic, antidepressant, anti­inflammatory,
antiseptic, diuretic, disinfectant and sedative.
Effective on acne, arthritic pain, asthma,bronchitis, burns,
colds and flu, cuts and wounds and depression.
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Peppermint:
Analgesic, anti­inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiseptic,
antispasmodic, astringent, expectorant, stimulant.
Effective on arthritic pain, asthma, back pain, bronchitis,
colds and flu, colic, congestion, depression, diarrhea, f
ever, headaches indigestion, insect bits, menstrual problems,
migraines, motion sickness, nausea and skin disorders.
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Frankincense:
Analgesic, anti­cancerous, antidepressant, antifungal, anti­
inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic and sedative,
oxygenates the brain and circulatory system.
 Effective on Asthma, Bronchitis, cuts and wounds, dermatitis,
 depression, headache, indigestion, skin disorders, sore throat and
stomach ache. (also has been reported to inhibit cancer cell growth).
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Cilantro:
Plant grows for 8­10 weeks and flowers, once it does flower, it will
make seeds, which can be harvested as Coriander Seeds.
Cilantro Oil is made from the leaves of the plant and need to be
harvested carefully as the leaves are fragile and the oil processes
quickly and thinly when distilled.  It is primarily thought to be good
for detoxing tissues and binding to heavy metals within the
body. In the case of surface contact it has a nice analgesic property.
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Marjoram:
Analgesic, antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, antioxidant, anti­
microbial, antispasmodic, anti­cancerous, antiviral, mood lifter,
disinfectant, expectorant, sedative, and stimulant.
Effective on arthritic pain, asthma, anxiety, back pain, bronchitis,
bruises, colds and flu, constipation, cuts and wounds, headaches,
hypertension, indigestion, insomnia, menstrual problems, migraines,
sprains, stomach ache and stress.
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Roman Chamomile:
Antiinfectious, antiinflammatory, antiparasitic,
antiinfectious, antiinflammatory, antiparasitic, antispasmodic,
calming, and toxins out of tissues, and decongestant.mood lifter,
inspires courage and sense of self, acilitates movement of
miniscule elements
Effective on; blood cleansing, depression, insomnia, muscle tension,
restless legs, skin conditions like acne, helps liver reject poisons,
allergies,bruises, cuts,dermatitis, eczema, shingles, rashes & sensitive skin.

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Basil:
Antibiotic, antidepressant, antiinflammatory, antiseptic,
antispasmodic, antiviral, decongestant, disinfectant, and
expectorant.
Effective on bronchitis, cold & flu, depresion, earache, ear infections,
headache/migraine, insect bites and stress.

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Rosemary:
Antibiotic, antispasmodic,astringent, diuretic, respiratory relief & stimulant.
Effective on acne, arthritic pain, asthma, bronchitis, bruises, colds & flu,
cuts and wounds, dermatitis, diarrhea, headaches, insomnia, joint pain
skin disorders and stomach ache.

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Testimonials:
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I keep it handy and use it whenever I feel a headache coming on. I have shared Past Tense with co-workers for back pain and pinched nerve pain. It is wonderful for all sorts of tense and/or achy muscles and joints. One of my co-workers said he’d like to buy it by the 50 gallon drum. -Thauna
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This blend is smartly bottled in a roller to roll on temples and base of skull for headache pain and tension. It’s worked for me, and my customers say it works for them. Treating pain is one thing for which essential oils are generally very effective. -Jenni
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Here is an interesting thing – my friend Cindi Byrd used her PAST TENSE ROLL ON for a cold sore and it worked to get rid of it!!! -Tony and Sharyl Yeisley
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I was completely blown away by how amazing Past Tense is. I get headaches frequently and have always taken Motrin. Past Tense is so amazing I honestly go to that first. my daughter hasn’t been feeling well the last few days. she complained of having a headache so I ran to get my roll-on. she was happy not to have to take a pill & I was happy not to be giving her a pill. this is a must have for every home & medicine cabinet! – Tara
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So, I just want to give a shout out to Past Tense. A doTERRA roll-on blend that is amazing! I had a headache the other night and honestly, I don’t get many headaches but this one was a bad one. I got out my trusty oils and decided to try the Past Tense. I rolled it on my forehead, tempals (staying out of my eyes!!), and the back of my neck, the headache went away. It was great! The only thing was that 15 minutes later, I could feel the headache coming back. This is exactly when I know I need to use “the power of three”, ha ha ha… I apply the oil three times in one hour, every 20 minutes. If one application doesn’t work the first time to relieve my symptoms, usually this three application process does. Sometimes it takes more or less, but this usually works for me. Anyway, after the second application my headache was gone, never to return. Thank goodness! This also made me realize the reason for my headache. I was getting too wound up that day, too much going on in my head. That night I took a bath with bath salt made with doTERRA oils, that I of course made myself. I love that I can learn to control my stress and mood with using these amazing oils - Natalie
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Peppermint Oil (Mentha Piperita)

Peppermint Oil (Mentha Piperita)

Peppermint is popular in countless forms, from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.

Uses:

  • Rub on stomach or feet, or take one drop internally to calm indigestion or upset stomach.
  • Use with lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
  • Diffuse aromatically or apply topically to open sinuses and airways.
  • Apply with lavender to sore, tired muscles and joints.
  • Breathe during a meal to help you feel full.
  • Add to a cold water compress or foot bath to cool off when overheated.
  • Inhale as a non-stimulant invogorating pick-me-up on long drives.
  • Add to shampoo and conditioner for a stimulating hair and scalp massage.
  • Use with lavender and lemon during allergy season.
  • Spread on child’s shirt before study time for alertness.
  • Put a drop or 2 in Hot Chocolate, not only is it delicious, it also clears congestion and wakes you up better & longer than coffee!
  • Rub on the stomach, belly or lower back area for relief of many gassy issues.
  • It also improves blood circulation.
  • Place a few drops of peppermint oil on an oil burner and increase the energy in the room

Personal Testimonies of doTerra Peppermint Oil:

“I put peppermint essential oil on my sick daughter’s feet while she was sleeping.  I had heard it was good for upset stomaches.  I was wishing I had given her some Tylenol or Motrin for her fever.  When she woke up I was going to give her Motrin but she no longer had a fever.  I have since learned that Peppermint is good for reducing fevers and have heard many people say that they use it all the time to reduce fevers.”

 

“My 12 year old son heard me read that you could put it on a shirt for alterness and wanted me to put it on his shirt before he went to school.  He felt like it helped him focus better.”

 

“We have used Peppermint Oil for headaches on many occasions.  Inhaling it helps as well as putting it on the temples or the base of the skull.  I love being able to try this first on my kids or myself before using medications.”

 

“My mother-in-law was having a very bad hot flash due to her chemo-therapy, I quickly put some peppermint oil on her forehead and back of the neck…and she was back to normal in2 seconds!”

 

“I get migraines frequently, and on vacation with friends, I noticed one coming on. One of my friends put peppermint on my forehead, temples and neck… and it stopped it!! None of the Rx medicines that I’ve used has come close to stopping it so quickly!”

 

“I was very sick and had bad IBS but I never knew because the doctor missed it. Well by accident I found peppermint oil and oregano oil and it is like day and night. I suffered all the time but with these I have no symptoms except peppermint breath – they are awesome.”

 

How has Peppermint Oil been a benefit to you & your family??

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