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Peppermint (Mentha piperita) – Organic

By Melody Hansen
on August 31, 2009

Peppermint essential oil is widely used and because of this, often misrepresented as being completely safe. It is safe when used diluted and with knowledge of cautions that apply to this oil. I was happy to see that the National Association of International Aromatherapists (NAHA) has felt it necessary to post a position statement on their website due to adverse events caused by perhaps well-meaning sellers of essential oils who know little to nothing about safely using essential oils. Here is NAHA's statement:

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita): relieves nausea, analgesic for muscular aches and pains, relieves/reduces migraines, energizing, antispasmodic, do not use on children under 30 months of age

NAHA Safety Note for Peppermint Essential Oil:

- Avoid use on children under 30 months of age. The nasal mucosa is an autonomic reflexogen organ, which has a distance action to the heart, lungs and circulation and may lead to sudden apnoea and glottal constriction.

- Direct application of peppermint oil to the nasal area or chest to infants should be avoided because of the risk of apnea, laryngeal and bronchial spasms, acute respiratory distress with cyanosis and respiratory arrest. (The Longwood Herbal Task Force)

- Do not apply undiluted peppermint essential oils to the feet, particularly on infants and children under the age of 12.

- Inhalation of larges doses of menthol may lead to dizziness, confusion, muscle weakness, nausea and double vision. (Natural Standard Research Collaboration, Peppermint oil. Evidence based monograph 2005; Medlineplus)

The information below has been taken from the European Medicines Agency: ASSESSMENT REPORT ON MENTHA X PIPERITA L., AETHEROLEUM

- When used orally, it may cause heartburn, perianal burning, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting. Heartburn is related with the release of the oil in the upper GI tract, which relaxes the lower oesophageal sphincter, facilitating the reflux. The same occurs in the cases of hiatal hernia. This particular undesirable effect is minimized by an appropriate pharmaceutical formulation.  **Peppermint essential oil should always be in an enteric-coated tablet or capsule for internal use.

- People with gallbladder disease, severe liver damage, gallstones and chronic heartburn should avoid the intake of peppermint oil.

- Menthol and peppermint oil caused burning mouth syndrome, recurrent oral ulceration or a lichenoid reaction, by contact sensitivity in the intra-oral mucosa, in sensitive patients.

- When applied on the skin, it may cause allergic reactions, as skin rashes, contact dermatitis and eye irritation.

- Use in infants or children is not recommended, when inhaled, taken by mouth or if applied on open skin areas, on the face or chest, due to the potential toxicity of the product.

- Peppermint oil should be used with caution. Doses of menthol over 1 g/Kg b.w. may be deadly.

For further research articles see:

A near fatal case of high dose peppermint oil ingestion- Lessons learnt

Acute allergic contact dermatitis of the lips from peppermint oil in a lip balm.


Organic Skin Renewal Intensive Facial Complex

By Recipes for a Healthier You Appetite Control Snacks
on August 29, 2009

New Intensive Cell-Renewing Facial Formula!

We are so excited about this new formula! We’ve added an incredible amount of anti-aging/antioxidant ingredients, all certified organic. We research our ingredients quite carefully to make sure what we're buying is without pesticides or other contaminants, plus we purchase from companies who are eco-friendly and fair trade. We also use the amazing benefits, that are well documented and well researched of green tea, rooibos tea and ginkgo. Our infusions are dark and concentrated and you will notice that this cream is very close to the same color as Seabuckthorn Berry, which is what gives it the orange color. If you have a company telling you they are putting any significant amounts of these ingredients in their cream and it is pure white – you are only getting a minimum amount of that ingredient. Acai extract – the real thing – is dark like the fruit and we use enough of it along with our other antioxidants to make our cream – well, cream colored! After the emulsion (that’s what making oil and water into a cream is called) cools enough, we add a significant amount of skin-healthy, anti-aging pure unadulterated essential oils – enough that you can get a slight hint of their fragrance. This is a pure, natural fragrance, not what you are probably used to in the synthetic fragrances so prevalent in high end products you find on the shelves today. The phthalates in these fragrances age your skin, cause allergies and make your skin break out. There are NO parabens in our creams – or any of our products – never, ever, ever. Read our blog about why that is.

I use this cream both in the morning and at bedtime, but I have (well...had) very dry skin. It has worked miracles on my skin but I suffered with rosacea until I began to develop my own creams. The emu oil is well known for its transdermal properties – it will penetrate deeper than other oils and carries with it the beneficial properties of the other ingredients in this intensive cream. Now my skin is clear enough that I don’t really have to use a makeup base. For some it will be enough just to put around those dry areas, such as eyes and laugh lines. It’s also a very good cream for hands that are work-worn and chapped. Apply gently and sparingly – a little goes a long way. You will love the natural, clean feel and fragrance of this cream – synthetic fragrances are not good for the sensitive facial skin and we refuse to use them in our facial products – we use only 100% natural essential oils for their therapeutic benefits rather than their aroma.

As with first using any new product, please do a small test on your arm first and perhaps on a small area of your face. We offer sample packs for those who want to try it out first.

Learn more about the proper usage and benefits that come with using all of our Facial Regimen Products.

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