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How to Make Your Own Peppermint Essential Oil
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What is Peppermint Essential Oil?
Peppermint Oil is extracted from the concentrated oil found in the peppermint plant. If the term is familiar, it is because peppermint essential oil has seen wide application in aromatherapy for its therapeutic benefits. Among the substances found in its chemical components are menthol, cineole, menthone, methyl acetate, limonene, methofuran, among others.
The most suitable time to extract essential oils from a peppermint plant is before its starts flowering, and it usually extracts from the whole plant that is visible from above the ground. However, most use just the leaves to extract essential oils from peppermint.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Making Your Own Essential Oil
Essential oils and aromatherapy is widely recognized for its therapeutic ability and is even recommended by doctors as an alternative medicine. There are several benefits to using essential oils for treatment such as that it has no adverse effects and is very effective. Another benefit is that you can easily prepare it yourself at home, especially if you intend to use essential oil over a long span of time since it would be quite expensive to keep buying them off health shops.
Making your own essential oil is indeed possible and very cost-efficient. Simply choose your preferred kind of herb, gather all the items you need, and you'd be ready to go. In this case, get yourself peppermint and follow the specified procedures to make your own peppermint essential oil at home so you can have several months of supply.
What You Need
Although preparing your own essential oil solution at home is rather easy, you will need a few tools or materials to complete the job. It won't require expensive or complicated equipments though and mostly consist only of household items, so there is no need to spend on anything. The process will take only a few minutes and it could provide you with a few month's supply of essential oil solution.
Here are some of the materials you will need:
*A jar with a lid – this will be used for storing the essential oil you have prepared.
*Fresh herbs of your choice – in this case, it will be peppermint.
*Plastic storage bag – to store the herb you have gathered
*Carrier Oil – possible choices include wheat germ, grape seed, or almond
Peppermint Harvesting Tips
Since the peppermint and any other plant material you use to make essential oil is the most basic ingredient in the production of essential oil, it is important to pay attention to your harvesting procedures. This is the key to ensuring the quality of the oil you are able to produce.
The best time to harvest peppermint is during the morning. You can get the most essential oils during the morning, right when the dew has dried and the sun is not at its peak yet. When harvesting, take note of the leaves or the appearance of the plant material. Make sure to pick the ones with less damage or imperfections.
Once you have gathered the amount of peppermint you need to make essential oils, wash it carefully using cool water. Then, rinse it off any excess water and dry using a clean paper towel. Use the plastic storage bag to keep your leaves dry and sealed until you are ready to use them.
Take note of the following procedures when preparing homemade peppermint essential oils:
- Gather the amount of fresh peppermint oil you need. If you do not have them in your garden, you can buy a bundle off your nearby grocery store. To get the best quality peppermint essential oil, better go for fresh peppermint.
- After cleaning the leaves, keep them in a sealed bag. Use a solid material, such as a mallet, to tap against the leaves. Make sure to do this gently enough so as not to overly bruise the skin. Gentle tapping motion should slowly release the leaves' natural oils.
- Whatever oil was released, transfer it into a glass jar. Then, add your preferred carrier oil. The presence of carrier oil helps in the absorption of aroma from the peppermint. Different types of carrier oil such as grape seed, wheat germ, or almond are widely available in leading health stores.
- Once the peppermint oil and the carrier oil are in the jar, shake it thoroughly to fully incorporate these ingredients. Keep it stored for at least 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, strain the leaves using a cheesecloth to separate the oil. You can throw away the leaves once it has been fully strained and you have all the oil you need.
- Repeat the process of storing the oil in a jar with a lid, then storing them, and straining the next day. Do this for at least three days until the oil has reached your desired strength. When storing, avoid direct light from reaching the jar.
Essential Oil Demo: Peppermint
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Application of Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil has a wide range of use and one of the most versatile oils in the market, which also explains why it is very popular. Here are just some of the ways in which this type of oil can be good for you:
*Peppermint is widely used in massaging, although it has to be diluted using carrier oil. Among its benefits are that it acts as a moisturizer that softens the skin, and soothes any form of muscle pain or stress.
*Some of the common ailments that peppermint has been proven to treat effectively are asthma, headaches, fevers, fainting, cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, among others.
*You can also use peppermint essential oil as spritzer to deodorize your room.
Buy Or Make Your Own?
The question of whether to buy commercially produced peppermint essential oils or to make one your own at home concerns two things: safety and cost.
With the concern of safety, it basically refers to the quality of peppermint essential oil present in commercially produced ones. Since manufacturers are thinking about ways to enhance their savings and to double their earnings, they would often incorporate synthetic materials into the essential oil solution to boost its quantity. This, however, poses a lot of risks to the health of anyone who use the commercial peppermint essential oil.
In terms of costs, you will find that commercially produced peppermint essential oils (or any other type of bottled essential oil) are a lot more expensive. This is because manufacturers would have to account for the materials, equipments, and laborers who have to put together the product. Meanwhile, at home, you can simply gather the right amount of peppermint you can use. Then, all you need are household items to prepare them. Hence, the latter is the more inexpensive choice of the two.
Warning Tips: Peppermint Essential Oil
Although peppermint essential oil has wide application in aromatherapy, there are certain situations wherein it is not advised for use. For instance, pregnant women are not allowed to use peppermint essential oil, whether as inhalant or topically. The aroma of peppermint essential oil is known to induce labor and trigger premature contractions.
It is also not advisable to apply on babies, or use them near babies where they can inhale its scent. The peppermint essential oil produces strong aroma that is not good for the babies' delicate skin.