There are not many Herb related questions I shy away from but when somebody asks about my favourite Herb or Oil, I realise I will never to be able to choose just one. So the question always remains unanswered.
However, some days I find myself particularly drawn to one more than the others. It depends a lot on what is going on …. Take this weekend for example, I found myself embracing the healing properties of Peppermint on more than a few occasions. At a family gathering, I reached for the essential oil to help somebody treat a toothache and later a headache. When inhaled, peppermint oil also clears the mind and so later that weekend it was a great help when I needed to complete a task that needed focus and commitment. The cooling properties made it the perfect choice for a relaxing foot bath after a hard days DIY work. Drinking peppermint tea can benefit the digestive system and again was a nice ally after some bank holiday overindulgence.
I have been welcoming its insect repellent qualities since the Summer started and my doors to the garden are permanently open. I place some drops on a hanging decoration in the doorway and watch as the flies and wasps approach and then change their minds.
Peppermint has a lovely botanical name – Mentha piperita. Its aroma is fresh and extremely uplifting and cleansing. One of the prominent chemicals in the essential oil is menthol, which brings a wonderful cooling and refreshing energy to this herb. I use it in many forms in my Herbal practice :
Peppermint also has some wonderful subtle qualities. The energy is so clean and clear. It can be beneficial in cleaning up the air or space or energy field. I like to compare it to opening up all the windows on a clear fresh day. It allows new energy and inspiration to flow freely. Who doesn’t need that every now and again?
Safety Considerations: The really really important bit …
Of course, Peppermint has many more beneficial uses. Ensure you do your research if you feel guided to use it. Be Aware, Be Safe, Be Well.
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