Peppermint oil is probably the most popular essential oil in the world. Its high content of menthol makes it both very soothing and cooling. It is an anti-depressant, stimulates the mind, and yet helps calm an overactive mind. Tisserand says, “If you think too much, or have a hot head, it will cool you down.” [Tisserand, The Art of Aromatherapy, p. 272.] Peppermint is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antitoxic, a cleanser, and is used for varicose veins and aching muscles. I like it in aftershaves, cleansing products, shampoos, and for an invigorating bath. Go easy. A drop or two will do. I have irritated my skin putting too much in a bath. I like to use it when I fly to keep me refreshed. I find that using the peppermint oil “aromatherapeutically” and drinking lots of water help prevent the negative effects of traveling.

Dilute peppermint oil; do not use “neat” or full strength; 2% is often enough.

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