Peppermint~Analgesic, Digestion, Wound & Skin Healing
Botanical Name: Mentha x piperita
Comman Name: Peppermint
Origin: United States
Plant Part: Leaves, Stems & Flowers
Method: Steam Distillation
Aroma Notes: Top
- Pure essential oil
- GC/MS Tested for Purity
Applications and Recipes
Mint Balsam Sore Muscle Relief Oil
- 1 oz (30 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
- 6 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha × piperita)
- 12 drops Balsam Fir Needle essential oil (Abies balsamea)
Add essential oils to a clean 1 oz bottle, swirl the oils around to mix them then add 1 oz (30 ml) of jojoba. Shake gently to blend. Massage as needed.
Dilute essential oil properly. 1-3% is safe for daily use.
Safety and Shelf Life
- For External Use Only
- Do not use undiluted on skin.
- Avoid contact with eyes.
- Not for use on children under the age of 12.
- Discontinue use if skin irritation or rash occurs.
- Keep out of reach of children.
- If pregnant or nursing always check with your doctor or health care professional before using any essential oil.
- Peel open product label for specific caution information.
- Adult Max Dilution: 5.4%
Shelf Life: 2-3 yrs
Should any essential oil come in direct contact with your skin, use any carrier or vegetable oil to remove it. Water will NOT remove essential oil from the skin.
Essential Oil Care and Storage
Essential oils can "oxidize". When an essential oil oxidizes it can change the aroma and chemical makeup of the oil and also affect their safety. Oxidation creates byproducts that can be dangerous. Essential oils should always be diluted in a carrier oil for use on the skin. But oxidized oils are still not safe for use on the skin even if diluted.
But don't throw that oxidized oil out just yet. There are still ways to use them. They can be used in household cleaning products such as floor cleaner, toilet cleaner, all purpose surface cleaner, dusting spray and furniture polish.
Reputable vendors will provide the shelf life on the oils they offer. Maintaining the oil's shelf life is dependent on how you maintain and store it.
- Always store your bottles tightly sealed.
- When the level in a bottle drops, decant to a smaller bottle. This limits the amount of air that can come in contact with the oil.
- Store your bottles in a dark, cool location. Refrigerate if possible, particularly citrus and conifer oils (fir, pine, spruce...). If refrigeration is not possible, the best temperature is 65F or below.
- It's best to store your oils in a dark cabinet or drawer where they are not exposed to sunlight.
If you store your essential oils in tightly sealed full bottles in a dark, cool location you will maintain the shelf life and possibly even extend it.