Peppermint 101

The basics: Peppermint has a long track record. It has been used around the world for its soothing and antimicrobial properties, dating as far back as Egyptian times. With its high menthol content, it gives a fresh, cooling sensation—that’s why you find it in so many toothpastes and gum. We diffuse Peppermint almost every morning in the office to cue the brain to wake up naturally. We’re also big fans of adding it to existing products to stimulate the mind and body. Oh and one last piece of advice: do not put Peppermint in the bath—your sensitive areas will thank you.

Our source: U.K.

How we use it:

  • For taking deep breaths: mix a few drops of Peppermint with coconut oil and Eucalyptus oil to make a homemade vapor rub and open up those airways.
  • Unlikely Duo: diffuse 8 drops Peppermint with 8 drops Sweet Orange for an unexpected, uplifting aroma.
  • Morning Routine: add 2-3 drops of Peppermint to your regular morning shampoo and conditioner to stimulate the scalp, energize your mind, and wake up naturally.

Blends well with: Eucalyptus, Sweet Orange, and Lemon.

Illustration by Mary Clare Wilkie.

December 2, 2017