Can You Drink Peppermint Oil?
The great flavor of Peppermint essential oil makes it a popular oil to take internally. In fact, Peppermint is the most popular essential oil used in the food industry thanks to its pleasant, refreshing taste. You can add a drop of Peppermint to your favorite smoothie recipe or to a protein shake for a refreshing twist. To freshen breath and ease occasional indigestion, dissolve a Peppermint Beadlet in your mouth or add one to two drops of Peppermint to a glass of water and drink.*
Peppermint also supports the respiratory system.* Inhaling Peppermint helps promote feelings of clear airways and easy breathing. When taken internally, Peppermint may help ease nausea and motion sickness.*
What Is Peppermint Oil Used For?
Peppermint has strong emotional benefits. It’s popularly used to reduce sad and anxious feelings, calm emotions, soothe away tension, and relieve restlessness.
How Do You Use Peppermint Essential Oil?
Diffuse or inhale Peppermint when you’re feeling tired, anxious, or unfocused. For a morning energy boost, rub Peppermint Touch on your temples after you wake up. Throughout the day, apply Peppermint Touch to relieve feelings of head tension, to increase a sense of alertness and concentration, and to soothe anxious feelings.
Where Does Peppermint Essential Oil Come From?
Peppermint essential oil is distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant. There are nearly two dozen species of mint and hundreds of varieties that grow natively in Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America. Peppermint is a cross of watermint and the milder-flavored spearmint, and was first described by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in the 18th Century.
Different climates and soils impact the chemical profile of the peppermint plant. The Pacific Northwest is an ideal climate for growing peppermint because of the high and consistent amounts of rainfall each year. This contributes to a high menthol content, which gives peppermint its minty aroma and flavor.
Some of the northern states in India have climates similarly suited for optimal mint cultivation. By sourcing some of our Peppermint in India, we are able to support smallholder farmers there.