100% essential oil Peppermint is exactly the one you reach for when you are tired. It’s an energizing bomb. We will shed light on the way to this fragrant treasure and its use in this article.
Collection and production of peppermint oil
Mint is ideally harvested after eight o’clock in the morning during sunny days. For maximum yield it is necessary that it is in the flowering phase (Ideally 50% of the flowers are in bloom). At this point, the plant has the highest amount of essential oil. The harvested mint is allowed to dry on the slopes and then weighed into a distillery. From the harvest e.g. agricultural area 1000 m 2 (or 0.1 hectare), 3-5 kg of essential peppermint oil are obtained after the steam distillation process. The richest part of the essential oil are the flowers, which contain 4-6%. Up to 2.5% is deposited in the leaves and only 0.3-0.4% of the essential oil is present in the stalks. (source: н.с. д-р Люба Евстатиева; н.с. I ст. Станко Станев,
The main part of peppermint oil is menthol, some varieties reach up to 45%. Menthol is an ingredient that is isolated for its effects and becomes part of many drugs and medicines. It is contained in nasal drops, migraine drugs, preparations for the treatment of the cardiovascular system.
Massage oils mixed with peppermint oil have a cooling effect due to the natural content of menthol. Menthol acts on nerve endings that perceive heat. In practice, this means that the initial cooling effect will be followed by the so-called heating effect. Thanks to the menthol present, the mint essential oil also has an anticonvulsant effect. In The Healing Inntelligence of Essential Oils (p. 170), Kurt Schnaubelt mentions its excellent anticonvulsant effect on the digestive tract and its role in controlling bacteria such as Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, E.coli, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and others. Its effects are really very strong.
Mint oil in a diffuser
It is simply encouraging in a diffuser or aroma lamp. It supports concentration and cognitive function of the brain. Relieves headaches and migraines. Helps with apathy. In addition, thanks to its anti-infective and anti-virus properties, it is suitable for colds.
Aroma lamp and diffuser tips:
- Mint and lemon – a wonderful combination that brings refreshment and encouragement when studying, working and creative writing
- Mint and oregano – multiplied antiviral power. “Bacilli” have no chance. Colds and sneezing prefer to go
- Mint and grapefruit – a very pleasant antimigraine combination
- Mint and lavender – improve mood
100% essential oils are always naturally concentrated and much stronger than the original plants, so caution is not necessary. Cardiac mint and children under the age of 5 should avoid peppermint essential oil. Do not use it internally, undiluted directly on the skin and keep it out of the reach of children.