Herbs – Peppermint

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Botanical Name: Mentha x piperita

Also Known As: balm mint, brandy mint

With serrated leaves along stems crowned by tight whorls of tiny purple flowers, this annual herb is a mainstay of many gardens. Peppermint is a naturally occurring hybrid between spearmint (Mentha spicata) and water mint (Mentha aquatic). Its species name comes from the Latin piper, because the taste of this herb has a hint of pepper. Peppermint was used medicinally and in the religious ceremonies of the ancient Greeks and Romans. By the eighteenth century it was widely used for medicinal and culinary purposes throughout Europe and North America. In 1879, mint-scented candles became enormously popular after the British Medical Journal noted that menthol relieved headache and neuralgia.

Oil and Blending Information: Steam-distilling peppermint leaves produces a pale yellow or greenish oil. Its scent is minty and camphoraceous.

Strength : 5

Scent Group : herbaceous

Perfume Note : top

Plant Part : As Above/Flowers

Warnings : avoid during pregnancy; may cause skin irritation; avoid if you have high blood pressure; not compatible with homeopathic treatment; use in moderation

Magical Uses: Peppermint stimulates the mind, bringing clarity and focus while promoting inspiration and creativity. It increases psychic awareness and strengthens divination skills as well as prophetic dreaming. Use it to activate spells for attracting money, luck, and love. This oil can also be used to enhance sexual stimulation and lust. Banishing all forms of negative energy, peppermint’s powers of purification help to release memories and emotions. In addition, it is an aid for healing and for bolstering self-worth as well as for overcoming problems. Peppermint is also associated with beauty, changes, fertility, and increasing vitality.

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