Did you know

As early as the 14th century, peppermint essential oil was used to whiten teeth and later to mask the smell of tobacco?

Vivian Rich in her book Cursing the Basil and other Folklore of the Garden tells us that: The ancient Greeks chewed the leaves of wild mint as a sexual stimulant and Alexander the Great issued orders forbidding his soldiers to eat mint as he felt it would eliminate their desire to fight. What might that mean for the ‘Inner Nature’ of Peppermint?

In Spiritual PhytoEssencing, Dr. Berkowsky, believes that Peppermint has a strong theme of sympathy. A sensitivity to other people’s feelings. The Peppermint individual wants to give and receive love. It can be a good remedy in cases of death & grieving when the spouse who has been lost was the only person they could talk to.

You can read more about Peppermint essential oil here
And Peppermint Hydrosol here


Latin Binomial: (Mentha x piperita)
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Essential Oil: A clear to pale yellow or green essential oil. is steam distilled from the flowering herb.
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Part Used: Flowering herb
Yield: 0.1 – 1%

Aroma: Fresh, bright, minty, penetrating, clean.
Odour intensity: High
Perfume Note: Middle
Blends well with: Benzoin, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, lemon, eucalyptus and bergamot.
Perfume Key Qualities: Refreshing, restorative, nerve tonic, cephalic, aphrodisiac, mental stimulant.

Cautions: Avoid in pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Avoid with cardiac fibrillation, G6PD deficiency. Do not use on children under 5 years or animals.


Peppermint has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, decongestant, carminative, cholagogue, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, refrigerant, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, mucolytic and tonic properties.


Peppermint can cool any resistance to new information. It clarifies and promotes clarity in communication and concentration.

  • Chakra: Throat
  • TCM Meridian: Lung, Spleen, Stomach, Bladder, Gall Bladder and Liver
  • Ayurveda Doscha: Balances Pitta, decreases Kapha, no effect on Vata.
  • Animal Connection: Bee
  • Crystal: Hematite
  • Color: Green/Violet
  • Numerology: Peppermint 5, Mentha piperita 8
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