Peppermint Oil – Migraine Headache Relief

( Mentha piperita )
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by KG Stiles Clinical Aromatherapist

A basic necessity for your personal first aid kit! Peppermint is a fluid, colorless oil with a distinctly penetrating scent.

Peppermint acts as a regulator and has a relaxing or invigorating effect depending on the circumstance for which you are using it.

Great for keeping alert!

Most notably Peppermint aids your ability to focus and sustain your attention. When concentration is needed you can rely on Peppermint.

Peppermint helps to stimulate and strengthen your inner will forces to find meaning and purpose in life and to achieve your goals! Use Peppermint when you are in the planning stages of an important project, or need to find motivation to follow through and act on your important decisions and take action.

Peppermint is also good for memory retention, use it alone or in a blend when completing a work project, homework assignment or studying for an exam!

Known to clear brain fog when you feel low energy and fatigued. Peppermint will perk you up and get you going fast!

Research has shown Peppermint to be effective for relieving Migraine headache!

Also helpful for tension headaches when resulting from weak or poor digestive forces, congestion or sluggish circulation.

An excellent Liver tonic!

Peppermint provides almost instant relief for nausea and indigestion.

A good blood cleanser Peppermint is both antiseptic and antibacterial! Use as a first aid treatment for your cuts and scrapes, or to prevent the spread of infection.

Peppermint will relieve your congested sinus cavities. Inhale its delightfully invigorating scent for immediate relief.

In Ayurvedic Medicine, an ancient system of healing practiced in India, Aromatherapy is used to send specific signals through the olfactory nerve to balance the three doshas, or bodymind types, Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

In Ayurveda Peppermint essential oil is used to balance excess conditions of Pitta. Conditions of Pitta imbalance are High Blood Pressure, ulcers, indigestion, hot flash, headache, anger, frustration and feeling upset. Peppermint serves to settle the mind and emotions to soothe and calm excess Pitta conditions.

One of the most powerful vasoconstrictors in aromatherapy Peppermint is excellent for cooling hot conditions like hot flash, tired and achy legs, hands and feet.

Peppermint is helpful for relieving inflammatory conditions. Use it for treating acne, swollen gums, mouth thrush, or ulcers and toothache.

An analgesic pain reliever use Peppermint for relieving your sore, achy muscles and joints.

Soak your tired feet in a foot bath with Peppermint to relieve your swollen ankles and feet.

FOOT SOAK DIRECTIONS: Disperse one or two drops of Peppermint oil in a warm basin of water by blending first with a teaspoon of honey or jojoba oil and then thoroughly mix into your foot bath. Soak for 10 minutes time or until waters begin to cool.

Peppermint may ease a variety of skin irritations!

SKIN OINTMENT DIRECTIONS: Add a drop or two of Peppermint oil to your favorite anti-itch lotion or ointment for soothing Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, or when treating insect bites and stings.

Use for food flavoring!

FOOD FLAVORING DIRECTIONS: Add a drop of Peppermint oil in a teaspoon of honey and stir into your favorite hot or cold drink to enjoy a refreshing break in your day!

CAUTIONS: Peppermint cools by constricting your blood capillaries therefore please use in extremely weak dilutions. One or two drops in a dispersant and added to your bath water is sufficient for experiencing beneficial results.

Research indicates that Peppermint Oil may aggravate GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease), a type of heart burn.

Due to its strong cooling action Peppermint should not be used by children under 2 1/2 years of age.

BLEND WITH: Atlas Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Black Pepper, Ginger

PLEASE NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use certified organic essential oils, or oils that have been tested and are pesticide free.