Peppermint Oil

The Magic in the Garden Series

 

 

     The mint family contains many powerful and useful herbs that can be used to heal the body. Varieties of mint often grow easily and abundantly within our gardens, but most of us have no idea of the many benefits. Mint can not only be used for tea but for medicinal purposes as well and the above pictures shows me in the process of making my own peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is an almost magical compound and has been used for millennium all around the world. Our elders teach us that mint was used in ancient Africa for an almost infinite list of mental, emotional and physical ailments. I will do my best to explain the steps used to make peppermint oil at home. Please note that while this is not an "essential oil" but it is the next best thing.

 

          Peppermint Oil uses include

  •        First Aid = cuts, burns, scrapes, eczema, indigestion
  •            Antibacterial = because of the presence of menthol that aids in fighting against harmful bacteria like salmonella, e.coli and staph
  •            Anti fungal = remedy for treating fungal infections like athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch and other yeast infection
  •            Digestive = Indigestion, gas, bloating, stimulation of the digestive system
  •       Tension Headache
  •        Hair Tonic = Dandruff, dry itchy scalp and lice

 

Steps taken to process the oil

  • I started by using three pint size jars (Ball or Mason does not matter, but they must have new lids and be sanitized)
  • Cold Pressed Oil (No one time is better than the other and one can use Sesame, Pumpkin, Walnut or Grape Seed Oil)
  • Finely chop fresh the peppermint with a sharp knife
  • Placed three teaspoons of peppermint into one pint size glass jar
  • Leave in direct sun light for three weeks
  • Shake jars daily and flip upside down
  • After three weeks, the contents is poured threw muslin cloth and into a Brown glass jar
  • Use as needed

 

 

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