The ancient Egyptians were probably the first people to cultivate peppermint – the remains of the dried leaves from a bouquet have been found in a tomb dating from about 300BC. According to hieroglyphics found in the temple of Edfu, mint was also an ingredient in their sacred incense formula, kyphi. However, the generic name of the plant, Mentha, is thought to derive from the Greek and Roman myth in which Minthe, a beautiful nymph, was pursued by Hades (Pluto in Roman mythology), god of the underworld. Jealous Persephone found out about her husband’s infidelity and turned Minthe into a herb to be trampled underfoot. Other sources report that the name derives from the Latin mente, meaning thought.
The Greeks and Romans used teas made from the herb to scent their bath water and as a general restorative. They also used peppermint as a medicine for flatulence and headaches. Peppermint essential oils have been used by ancient civilizations for perfume, headaches and soothe upset stomachs. Today, it continues to be used for many physical and emotional benefits.
The peppermint herb has a wide-array of healing applications internally, topically and as an essential oil. It contains a variety of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, B2 and C, potassium, calcium, copper, iron and manganese. The properties of Peppermint make it an effective antibacterial, antimicrobial, astringent, and antiseptic. Those who have used peppermint on their skin or in their hair will know that peppermint has a cool, warming effect that attracts blood to the surface and so improves circulation. And anyone who’s eaten peppermint sweets knows of this tingling cooling effect too!
Peppermint seems to be an essential oil that most everyone is naturally drawn to. Why? Because it has so many health benefits.
Peppermint is known for aiding:
- Blood Circulation
- Headaches And Nausea
- Loss Of Appetite
- Pain Relief
- Skin Care
- Respiratory Problems
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Hair Care
- Immune System
- Dental Care
One very effective way to receive the beneficial healing properties of peppermint essential oil is by rubbing the oil on your feet. I have created a luxurious peppermint foot cream which not only gives you all of the healing benefits of peppermint oil but also leaves you with soft feet that feel refreshed and awakened.
It is really easy to make and costs next to nothing once you gather all the ingredients. Give it a try today! Your feet with thank you.
Peppermint Foot Cream
- 1 ounce cocoa butter
- 2 ounces Shea butter
- 1 ounce coconut oil
- 0.25 ounces avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil
- 0.25 ounce beeswax
- 1/4 teaspoon essential oils of peppermint
- 10 drops essential oils of lavender
- Melt the butter and the oils together over low heat on the stove (double boiler works best) until just melted.
- Mix well, remove from heat (allow to cool a bit), and stir in the remaining ingredients.
- Whip by using a stick blender or hand mixer. Then pour into storage container (glass mason jar works great).
- Allow to cool and harden completely for 24 hours. You may speed up this process by placing the cream in the refrigerator.
- Massage into feet.
What do you think? Sounds like a great treat for the feet during this busy holiday season.