Have You Tried Peppermint for your Aromatherapy Store, Spa or Practice?
Peppermint Essential Oil could be the answer to creating an energizing and healing environment in your aromatherapy store, spa, salon, or practice. In our previous article, Top 5 Spa Aromatherapy Oils for Calming & Relaxation, we discuss the two main types of essential oils you may want to use if you own or operate an aromatherapy store or spa.
In the first article, we tell you the best spa aromatherapy oils for calming and relaxation: lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, ylang-ylang and vetiver. In this post, we’ll tell you our Top 3 Spa Aromatherapy Oils for Energizing and Healing.
Our Top 3 Spa Aromatherapy Oils for Energizing and Healing
1. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is a hybrid mint that is a combination of spearmint and watermint. It has had a lengthy, documented use for several hundred years and many scholars believe it was even used by the ancient civilizations like the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. While the Western Peppermint is identified as Mentha x Piperita, there is a second, similar type of peppermint called ‘Bohe’ by the Chinese and that type is identified as mentha haplocalyx. Both types of peppermint are used as the primary sources of plant-based menthol and menthone. These menthol or menthone compounds are found in everything minty ranging from toothpaste, to ice cream, to tea, to even cigarettes.
Most of the peppermint produced for the globe is grown in Morocco. They accounted for 92% in of the world’s peppermint in 2014! In the United States, peppermint is typically grown solely in the Pacific Northwest. Places like Oregon and Washington are the main suppliers in the US.
Peppermint essential oil has plenty of very useful benefits and that’s why it is number one on our list of Energizing and Calming Spa Essential Oils.
Peppermint Essential Oil Benefits:
- Boosts Energy
- Improves Respiratory Capacity
- Helps with Allergies
- Treats Muscle Soreness, Aches and Pains
- Natural Treatment for IBS
- Treats Headaches and Nausea
- Skin Health and Sunburn Protection
- Relieve Itchiness and Bug Bites
- Bug Repellent
- Fresh Breath!
How to Use Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil can be used topically, internally and diffused. When looking to boost your energy, memory and physical performance capabilities, drinking a glass of water with 1-2 drops of essential oil should do the trick. You can also apply directly to the skin by applying 2-3 drops on the temples, forehead and back of the neck. Doing so will help alleviate headaches and reduce nausea.
Using the topical application method with peppermint essential oil can treat even more ailments and conditions depending on the location of the application. You can apply the peppermint oil anywhere on the skin where you have irritation from bug bites, sunburn or even in areas where you want to repel bugs or relieve muscle and joint pain, aches or soreness.
Adding a drop or two to a glass of water can also be very helpful in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome too!
For fresh breath, just add a drop or two of peppermint oil to your mouthwash or toothpaste.
Diffusing peppermint essential oil or inhaling it directly from the bottle can treat allergies and provide allergy relief, improve respiratory health and clear the sinus, and help with nausea or stomach pains.
So depending on how you use your peppermint oil, there are a variety of problems it can solve!
2. Rosemary Essential Oil
Just like Peppermint, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) also belongs to the Mint (Lamiaceae) family. It is an aromatic herb with a woody fragrance that is often used in cooking. Its name comes from the Latin ros meaning “dew” and marinus meaning “sea,” translating to “dew of the Sea.” If you’d like more details about how to use rosemary essential oil and its benefits, check out our previous blog post, Benefits of Diffusing Rosemary Essential Oil.
Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits
- Improve Brain Function & Boost Energy
- Stress Relief
- Reduce Pain & Joint Inflammation
- Fight Cold & Flu
- Increase circulation
- Bug Repellent
- Air freshener!
Similarly to Peppermint, Rosemary can also be used as a bug repellent, energy booster, to improve respiratory function, and to treat pain and joint inflammation. With so many similarities, it’s up to the owner of the aromatherapy store, spa or practice to make the decision based off of the aroma and additional benefits. You can also combine the oils to make an at-home revitalizing blend.
Keep reading! We have more energizing essential oils to add to your DIY recipe!
3. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Did you know Eucalyptus isn’t actually one specific plant? It’s a genus of over 700 species of trees, almost all native to Australia! Approximately 75% of the forests in Australia are eucalyptus forests!
Since there are so many kinds, for this post we’ll focus on one of the most popular.
Euclayptus Globulus is also known as the Tasmanian bluegum. It is a great aromatherapy herb to combine with peppermint in any energizing aromatherapy D.I.Y. blends you might try at your spa. It has a sharp, unique aroma like peppermint, but more of a woody, herbaceous overall scent.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits:
- Focus and Energy Boost
- Helps with Stuffy Nose & Allergies
- Treats Muscle and Joint Pain
- Great for Lungs and Sinus
- Treats Headaches
- Treats Bug Bites
Diffusing eucalyptus essential oil is great for the lungs, sinuses and general respiratory health. It can definitely help clear a stuffy nose, but it can also provide a nice energy boost and increased mental clarity.
When used topically, Eucalyptus is also great for aching joints or muscles; it can also be used to treat bug bites.
So now you’re ready to choose the right essential oils to create the right atmosphere for your aromatherapy spa!
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