Saturday, February 15, 2014

Spiral Spa @ Bloo,Padang Bai,Bali: Peppermint essential oil

Spiral Spa @ Bloo,Padang Bai, Bali: Peppermint essential oil

As promised Spiral Spa @ Bloo, Padang Bai, Bali wants to have a closer look on individual essential oils, their properties,and uses, but of course check as well if and when you should be careful when handling this specific volatile oil.

1.)Origin of Peppermint essential oil:

Although Peppermint is native to the Mediterranean, it has spread widely and is now cultivated all over the world.  Peppermint oil can be extracted from the whole plant. To extract peppermint oil the plants have to be harvested before flowering. It is a fast growing, perennial plant, what makes peppermint essential oil, a relatively easy and cheap produced essential oil. The extraction method for peppermint essential oil is steam distillation. Fresh or half dried plants are used for it. 

2.) Properties of Peppermint essential oil:

Peppermint essential oil has a clear to pale yellow color. The viscosity is watery and the oil has a sharp and fresh menthol smell.

3.) Precautions for use:

The general precautions for essential oils should be taken. For more general info about essential oil click here. Peppermint oil is a non-toxic and non-irritant essential oil in low dilutions, but due to it’s menthol content it can cause sensitization. It can cause irritations to the skin and should kept well away from the eyes. Don’t use during pregnancy or for child below seven.

4.) Uses:

Peppermint essential oil can be used for a lot of different purposes.

 When used in Burner or Vaporizers it helps excellent against mental fatigue and depression; it refreshes the spirit, stimulates mental agility and improves concentration. It further helps for apathy, shock, headache, migraine, nervous stress, vertigo and faintness and in general for respiratory disorders, as well as dry coughs, sinus congestion, asthma and bronchitis. It helps as well to remove headache.

It stimulating effects would make it as well as a interesting choice for office use or, when doing yoga or mental exercises.

On the skin peppermint essential oil is used to relieve skin irritation (for example as ingredient in after shave products), and itchiness(for example insect bites). It helps to reduce skin redness, where inflammation is present. It would be a good choice for a blend in massage oils, if the purpose is to relief itching sunburn, while at the same time having a cooling effect. Diluted into massage oils or into a bath it will assist with colic cramps, back pain, tired or sweaty feets. Here in our Spiral Spa @ Bloo, Padang Bai, Bali for example we use it in our massage cream for Foot massage and Reflexology.

Diluted into oil and massaged into the stomach area it helps as well against diarrhea and flatulence (Warning!! Not suitable for kids!).

Another possibility of use is as a insect repellent and it has proven itself as very effective against red ants.

We generally don’t recommend to take essential oil internally. It is better to use the plant instead. As a tea peppermint helps to calm down an upset stomach and is calming for the  nervous system.

Spiral Spa @ Bloo, Padang Bai, Bali hopes you enjoyed reading.

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