It’s all about Peppermint

It's All About Peppermint Essential Oil

Fresh, stimulating, and soothing Peppermint is just what you need for staying alert, soothing your nerves and muscles, and aiding your digestion.

Ingesting Essential Oils

Do you think that it is safe to ingest essential oils? If you look at peppermint and the amount of foods, candies, and drinks that are flavored with it you would assume, yes!  The answer, however, is not quite so clear.  First, most of those flavorings are either from the whole plant itself or are actually synthetic (chemically created). Yes, if they are extremely diluted and cooked or mixed with binding fats or sugars… you can ingest a small amount of an essential oil. 

You should Never take an essential oil straight or especially a few drops in water.  Essential Oils Do Not mix with water. They are just floating on the top and will still adhere and possibly burn your mouth and throat when you attempt to swallow them. You should also be extremely cautious about using any essential oil straight (uncut) on any part of your body. Please make sure that you only use uncut essential oils under the care of a physician.

My example of cooking with Peppermint Essential Oil

I use 2-3 drops of Peppermint essential oil (instead of 1 tsp of peppermint extract) in my chocolate, chocolate chip, peppermint cookies. They are absolutely delicious. That whole batch makes 3 dozen cookies!

A great article on how to safely use Essential Oils by Nicole White can be found on the Midwest Herb Fest Site – Here.

Mint Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

350 F    12 mins     Makes 5 dozen small cookies

3/4 C – (1/5 sticks) butter
1/2 C – (packed) brown sugar
1/2 C – Sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil
OR 1 tsp peppermint extract
1 1/2 C – flour
1/4 C – unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 C – chocolate chips

~ Cream butter & sugars
~ Add egg & extracts and cream again
~ Sift all dry ingredients as you combine them in a separate bowl
~ Add dry ingredients to creamy mixture a little at a time till completely mixed
~Add chocolate chips
~ Drop by rounded tsp on a lightly greased cookie sheet
~ Bake at 350 F for 12 minutes
~ Let rest for 1 minute before moving from sheet to cooling rack

Peppermint Essential Oil Information

Botanical Names: Mentha piperita
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Aromatherapy Uses:  Stimulate & Clarify the Mind, Mental Awareness, Stress Relief, Calming & Soothing the Nervous System
Metaphysical Uses: Purification, Cleansing
Physical Uses: Muscle & Joint Pain, Respiratory Support, Relieve Fatigue
Caution: Do not use undiluted on the skin. Keep away from children and pets. If pregnant, or under a doctor’s care, please consult your physician.

*** These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please contact your health care practitioner for advice.

Aromatherapy uses of Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint helps to ease nausea and stimulate appetite, but you should use caution with it in the first trimester of pregnancy. Please consult your doctor.

Peppermint helps to keep away spiders, mice, fleas and ticks. I add it to my bug repellent, disinfectant deodorizing spray, yoga mat spray, and use it in my trailer when we close up for the season. DO NOT USE ON YOUR PET!

It is really great for muscle pain relief, which is why I add it to my Analgesic Pain Oil products.

It is often used to focus the mind and clear your senses, example is my Clarify Oil.

Also a great supply for Baking, Soap Making, and Candle Making.

Bonus! It just smells amazing!

I hope that you have enjoyed this week’s Aromatherapy Monday. Let me know how you use Peppermint Essential Oil and feel free to share this article.  If you would like to receive articles like this in your email, Join the Tribe!

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