Lavender and Peppermint – Two of the Best Essential Oils!
Lavender Essential Oil – Lavandula dentata
Peppermint and Lavender are two of the best essential oils around. Lavender essential oil is 100% pure and helps to calm the savage beast. It is well known within the aromatherapy circles for its flowery, sweet smell which calms and revitalizes. No one should be with out this oil because of what it is able to do. Lavender essential oil has the ability to adapt a person to stress or imbalances. It allows the body to relax and wind down but is can also boost stamina and energy. It has also been able to speed healing skin wounds, such as abrasions, cuts and burns. French scientist Rene Gattefosse discovered Lavender essential oil’s ability for rapid skin regeneration after being severely burned in a laboratory accident.
Lavender is good for burns, sunburns, dandruff, hair loss, allergies, convulsions, herpes, headaches, indigestion, insomnia, high blood pressure, menopausal conditions, nausea, tumors, premenstrual conditions, skin conditions (acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and rashes) and stretch marks. It is also useful to clean cuts, bruises, and skin irritations.
It is a universal essential oil, and can help with arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, depression, earaches, heart palpitations, hives, insect bites, laryngitis, and throat infections.
To use this essential oil, you can either apply it topically to the bottom of your feet or inhale it. Apply 2-3 drops where you would apply deodorant. Lavender is safe for use on young children.
Peppermint Essential Oil – Mentha aryensis Japanese
When you think of Peppermint, the first thought that comes to mind is a flavoring agent for foods. It is one of the oldest herbs to help with digestion. Peppermint essential oil is extremely effective against stomach ailments. The aroma is medium to strong because of its menthol content. The essential oil is a pale off white to yellow color.
Studies at the University of Cincinnati have shown Peppermint essential oil to help to improve concentration and mental alertness. Alan Hirsch, MD also discovered this oil helps to trigger the brain’s satiety center in hypothalamus which gives the body a sense of fullness after a meal.
It can help with body aches and bruises because of the cooling effect by constricting the capillaries. This is because Peppermint essential oil has about an 85% menthol content.
Peppermint supports digestion, expels worms, decongestant, anti-infectious, antibacterial, antifungal, stimulates gallbladder, pain relieving, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory for the intestinal and urinary tract. It has also been effective against asthma, bronchitis, candida, diarrhea, fever, heartburn, hemorrhoids, hot flashes, indigestion, menstrual irregularity, headaches, motion sickness, nausea and throat infections.
It also may help arthritis, depression, food poisoning, morning sickness, hysteria and toothaches.
I can personally vouch for this essential oil. One night it took care of a bad case of indigestion with just a drop on the tip of my tongue. Immediately the pain stopped. It’s also helped to relieve acid reflux. However we do not recommend ingesting any oil unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is qualified in clinical Aromatherapy.
Consider the following before using Peppermint essential oil. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care consult your doctor for advice on the use of this oil. Don’t let it get in the eyes, mucus membranes, or any sensitive skin area. Do not apply to a fresh wound.
To administer this oil, you can either diffuse or massage into the skin. Rub on the stomach or add to water or tea. Rub it into the temples for headaches or to the bottom of the feet.