Peppermint brings joy and excitement to the heart and soul. Peppermint is uplifting and rejuvenating to the heart and mind. It reminds us that life can be happy and there is nothing to fear. It helps a person rise above stress, pain, sadness or fear and regain a sense of vitality and joy for life and their purpose in it. In this way, it may be good for someone experiencing grief, hopelessness and even pessimism, or even help a person digest the trials they’re experiencing in their life with confidence in their ability to manage whatever comes their way with the knowledge that this too shall pass. Peppermint helps us deal with the process of Life itself. If you are prone to experience emotional stress in your digestive system (that “knot in the stomach” feeling), Peppermint would be a great oil to use to alleviate that feeling. It can also help with minimising fears associated with motion such as riding and flying.
Peppermint can cleanse the spiritual body and increase alignment with the soul so that intuitive awareness increases. This is a particularly good oil to use when there is a resistance to learn a new subject or to move in a new direction. It cools the mind and eliminates the fear of the unknown. When you use Peppermint, you’ll feel as if you’re gliding through life.
Another good time to use Peppermint is when one feels discouraged, disheartened or despondent. Peppermint gives a new perspective and is invigorating and helps us re-discover the joy of being alive.
If Peppermint is continually used as a means of escaping emotional pain however, it can hinder growth and progress. We need to deal with our emotions and not stifle them or escape from them. But it does help for those who need a short “breather”. Sometimes this reprieve or breathing space is necessary before we get back into our rocky emotional road but we are not meant to stay on that rocky road forever. When you accept it and welcome it, emotional pain serves as a great teacher. Peppermint helps us regain the strength needed to face our emotional realities.
Peppermint blends well with Grapefruit, Wild Orange.
Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Spearmint, Wild Orange, Wintergreen.
Be aware that Peppermint can cause the eyes to water, even when the oil is near but not in the eye. Use with caution if you’re pregnant or nursing as Peppermint can decrease lactation (if this occurs try Fennel essential oil to increase). Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitisation. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.