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.
Known Properties of the Oils:
How to Dilute:
The oils may be diluted, if desired, with a carrier medium. Depending on the application, some examples are:
- olive oil
- coconut oil
- massage oil or lotion
Uses Throughout History
- Acne: Apply directly to spots as needed. Due to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, mint oil helps clean out pores and prevent infections.
- Airway infection & diseases: Add peppermint oil to (room) vaporizers and/or rub a small amount under the nose. The menthol in the oil helps open up the airways.
- Athlete’s foot or nail infection: Due to the anti-fungal properties, people have used mint oil it to fight fungal infections of the feet. Apply on affected areas.
- Arthritis: Apply and massage on sore joints. Mint oils help increase blood circulation, decrease pain and increase range of motion. Spearmint oil also warms the joints and muscles.
- Cleaning and household uses: Mint oils are antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal, so why not use them as cleaning products! They are both pet and child friendly, and pleasant-smelling. Add mint oil to cleaning solutions and to dish and laundry detergent. Also, use it 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 just one drop to your toothbrush or toothpaste. (Avoid contact with soft plastic surfaces and materials over longer periods of time, to avoid damage. Try in an inconspicuous area first.)
- Canker and cold sores: Thanks to the antiviral properties of the oils, you can dab the oil directly on the sore as soon as the first symptoms occur. Repeat as needed.