How to Make Peppermint Essential Oil at Home
Peppermint oil is the most effective essential oil in aromatherapy both for the treatment of respiratory diseases and to promote physical and mental well-being. It has medicinal properties which are very beneficial to your health, among which are its expectorant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, stimulating and refreshing properties. Peppermint oil can be used to reduce the symptoms of restless leg syndrome. It is also a great addition to a homemade toothpaste and to improve dogs' breath.
If you want make peppermint essential oils at home and take advantage of its wonderful effects, simply to follow the steps below in our OneHowTo guide on making homemade peppermint oil.
First, you need to gather the necessary ingredients to make your peppermint essential oil. In order to take advantage of all its properties, grab a handful of fresh mint leaves and a natural oil such as almond oil or wheat germ oil. Finally, you will need a dark glass bottle in which you can preserve the essential oil.
Wash the mint leaves with cold water and remove the excess water by placing them on an absorbent paper napkin. Then place them in a mortar and mash them well to begin to release all the essence.
Place the crushed mint leaves and oil into a small saucepan. Pour in the natural oil you have chosen (such as almond or wheat germ). Bring it to a simmer and let it sit for three or four hours until the ingredients are mixed and are fully blended with each other.
When the oil is ready, remove it from the heat and strain it with a cotton cloth or gauze. We recommend straining the oil directly into the dark glass bottle in which you are going to store it. If this is not possible, do it into another container and then, with the help of a funnel, put it in the dark bottle. It is important that the glass jar is completely sealed and that it will stand in a cool place free from humidity. This is the only way the peppermint essential oils will remain in good condition to be used again and again.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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