Complete Guide to Essential Oils/A to Z of essential oils/Peppermint

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Mentha × piperita leaves
Peppermint (Mentha × piperita)

Peppermint oil comes from the leaves of Mentha × piperita (also known as Mentha balsamea). It is particularly used for healing the digestive system.

Properties[edit]

Digestive[edit]

Relieves indigestion, nausea, heartburn, flatulence and diarrhea.

Emotional[edit]

Soothes stress, anxiety and depression. Relieves fatigue and improves concentration.

Gynecological[edit]

Reduces menstrual pain.

Respiratory[edit]

Alleviates asthma, coughs, bronchitis and sinusitis.

Caution[edit]

  • Don't use peppermint oil during pregnancy.
  • Don't use on young children.
  • May irritate the skin or mucus membranes.