Peppermint oil contains a wide range of benefits, and is easy to make at home. All you need is peppermint, olive oil and a glass container!
Why Make Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil has a wide range of uses. Research has shown that it is a useful treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), nausea, and other digestive issues. In addition, it can also be used to effectively treat symptoms of the common cold.
Peppermint oil also has a variety of uses around the house and in the kitchen! A splash of peppermint oil will spice up any salad dressing in an instant. Same goes for cocktails! A few drops in whipped cream makes for a lovely topping on almost any dessert. It’s also an amazing oil to use in a spray for around the house, or for DIY cleaning supplies.
How to Make Peppermint Oil
Making an infused peppermint oil is quick and easy, and you only need a few things.
What You Need:
- Fresh peppermint (try to get from your local farmer’s market)
- A mild carrier oil. You want a mild oil so that the smell or taste doesn’t interfere with the peppermint. Olive oil is great, but any other household choice works great too such as grapeseed. Flax oil would be one we would avoid. Just keep in mind that coconut oil will need to be melted first, and also when you want to use it - depending on where you live and ambient temperatures.
- Optional: cheesecloth or a thin cloth. To strain out the leaves of mint.
- Glass container (any old jar will do) with a lid, large enough to hold how much oil you want. Preferably it is a dark colour so help maintain the purity of the oil.
The amount of oil and peppermint will vary depending on the size of your container, and how strong you want your oil to be. You can’t go wrong here! Play around with different amounts until you find the right balance. You can always add more mint if it’s not strong enough, or add more oil if it’s too strong.
- Wash and dry the mint.
- Crush the mint with a spoon, your hands or a mortar and pestle.
- Pack the crushed mint into your jar
- Pour the oil in to fill the jar and secure the lid tightly
- Let steep in the oil for a minimum of 3 days to a maximum of 6 months in a cool, dark place
- Shake whenever you remember, to help the process along
- Strain out the leaves from the oil when you are satisfied with the strength of the oil
- Store in a cool dark place in a preferably
Benefits of Peppermint Oil
- Peppermint oil has been shown to possess antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- It’s also been shown to reduce chronic itching
- Peppermint oil is a commonly used treatment for pain of tension headaches, migraines and more.
- Nausea and vomiting are often abated by using peppermint oil
- Peppermint oil is also known to reduce the severity of of IBS and other GI conditions as it may relax the smooth muscles of the intestinal tract, reduce inflammation, promote a healthy gut biome, and decrease pain in the GI tract.
Peppermint Essential oil vs Peppermint Infused Oils
Essential oils are produced from various plants, fruits and flowers, and are the concentrated oils from within the plants. Essential oils are produced most often using distillation. Infused oils involve steeping the peppermint in oil infusing its properties into the oil. This is not as fine of a procedure as distillation, but is much easier and faster to do and does not require any special materials. For instructions on producing a distilled peppermint oil, check out this video. For an easy peppermint oil, this article has got you covered.