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Peppermint naturally contains a high concentration of menthol, giving it a cooling sensation on the skin and a sinus opening effect. It is also known for its uplifting, energizing and stimulating effect. Spearmint is warming and soothing due to its high natural camphor concentration and is know to be calming and relaxing. Both oils are known to be:
You may dilute the oils if desired with a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, massage oil or lotion, water, tea, etc. depending on the application. Please note that Peppermint Jim’s oils are full strength.
Throughout history, mint oils have been used for:
Acne: Apply directly on spots as needed. Due to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the oil, using the oil helps clean out pores and prevent infections.
Airway infection & diseases: Add peppermint oil to (room) vaporizers, rub small amount under the nose. The menthol in the oil helps open up the airways.
Athlete’s foot/nail infection: Due to the anti fungal properties of the oil, people have used it to fight these annoyances. Apply on affected areas.
Arthritis: Apply and massage on sore joints. The oils are known to increase blood circulation, decrease pain and increase range of motion. We especially like spearmint for this as it warms the joints and muscles.
Cleaning and household uses: Since the oils have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties, why not add it to your cleaning regime! Pet and child friendly, and pleasant for the nose. Add to cleaning solution, dish and laundry detergent, use on hard surfaces around the house, drop some oil in the vents and air ducts to help prevent the build-up of fungi, and add to your toothbrush or toothpaste (one drop!). Avoid contact with soft plastic surfaces and materials over longer periods of time. Try in an inconspicuous area first.
Canker and cold sores: Thanks to the antiviral properties of the oils, customers told us this really helps them. Dab the oil directly on as soon as the first symptoms occur and repeat as needed.
Drowsiness/loss of focus and concentration: Attention students! Put a drop of peppermint oil on tongue as needed, inhale from bottle or diffuser, apply lightly under the nose and massage on the back of the neck. Teachers in Japan have known this for years and use peppermint oil in their class rooms, which has proven to increase the students’ performances. Also helpful for night-time and long distance driving.
Ear infection: Apply the oil with an applicator (fingertip or cotton swab) inside the ear. Do not drop the oil directly into the ear canal. It’s a little too strong for that.
Fever: Apply the oil across the forehead, behind the ears and in the neck, or bottom of feet. Then, sleep it off!
Flavoring: Add a drop to a tea bag, and use in baked goods. Best way to emulsify the oil is by saturating a teaspoon of sugar with the oil.
Hair and skin care: Add a few drops to your shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotions. Not only will you feel and smell clean, it also helps clear out pores.
(Head)aches and migraines: Apply directly on the temples, across the forehead, on the scalp and/or locally for pain relief. Many customers swear by it.
(Insect)bites, wounds: Apply on injury or bite for pain relief, anti-swelling, anti- itching and to promote healing. Avoid contact with open skin due to the small amount of alcohol naturally produced by the plants.
Itching: Add to bathwater by saturating a teaspoon of (sea or table) salt, add to massage or olive oil, or apply on skin.
Nausea, upset stomach/IBS: Apply a small amount of peppermint underneath nose, ingest with water or add to a tea(bag). May also apply topically by massaging abdomen.
Pest control (ants, bees, mice, spiders and wasps): Yikes! Mice and other critters really do not like the smell of peppermint! Soak cotton ball(s) with the oil and place in problem area to discourage critters. For bees and wasps: spray with mint oil and water. Ratio: 0.2 oz:10 oz.
Sinus congestion/snoring: Apply a small amount of peppermint oil under the nose, across forehead and the chest. Add a drop or two to a glass of water before bedtime. For children: apply a few drops on a wash cloth and put in pillowcase at night.
Soreness: Apply and massage on painful areas (can be diluted with carrier oil).
Sore throat/infection: Apply oil to the back of the tongue, gargle and ingest with water or tea.
Stress: Add spearmint oil to massage oil, bathwater, shower floor (careful, slippery!) or simply enjoy the scent, straight from the bottle!
Toothache: Apply oil on painful area, both in and outside the mouth, use cotton ball with oil and place on the affected area.
Questions or comments? Have a use for mint oil we should know about? Email us: info (at) peppermintjim (dot) com
*This information or products has not been evaluated by the FDA.
* Keep all essential oil products out of reach of children and pets.
* Pregnant and/or lactating women should consult a physician before use.
* If you are on medication consult your physician before use.
* Avoid contact with eyes.
* Some people may be allergic to mint oil.
* This information is for educational purposes only and in no way intended as a substitute for medical consultation by a health care professional or pediatrician.
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