Peppermint is one of most highly regarded herb for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort due to its main ingredient menthol.
You can make this essential oil at home using very simple steps. If you are using homegrown or organic peppermint for this recipe then it is safe for ingestion and using for food-grade purposes.
Peppermint essential oil increases mental alertness and useful when you are studying, driving long distances or working.
DIY Peppermint essential oil recipe
You will need:
-One bunch of peppermint (or how much ever you can gather without hurting your plants growth)
-Carrier or Base oil (choose a light scented oil like grapeseed oil, wheat germ oil, almond oil or cold pressed coconut oil)
-Mallet or Mortar and Pestle
-Airtight glass jar
-The best time to gather peppermints is before it starts flowering.
-Harvesting in the morning is best, after the dew has evaporated and the sun is still rising.
-If you are buying your peppermints, then you can use both the leaves and the stem. However, if you are gathering it from your plant just take the leaves.
-Pick leaves that are not bruised.
-Once the leaves are picked, wash them in cold water and let them air dry.
-Once they are dry, using a mallet or a similar tool gently tap the mint leaves until the natural oils come out. But do not bruise them as they have to be taken from the carrier oil.
-Place these mint leaves in the jar and pour the carrier oil until the leaves are covered. The ratio depends on how diluted or strong you want your oil to be.
-Shake the jar and keep in a warm place but not in sunlight for 24 hours.
-After 24 hours, strain the oil and leaves through a muslin or cheesecloth. You can use the mint leaves for composting.
-Pound the same amount of peppermint leaves and put them in the oil. Shake the jar and leave it for another 24 hours in a warm place out of direct sunlight.
-Repeat the straining process. You can keep repeating the process of adding new mint leaves and straining it for another 2-3 days until the desired strength is achieved.
Note: Straining is very important, as the oil must be completely free of the plant material from keeping it from getting spoilt. You can double strain it. Pregnant and breastfeeding women or babies should not use it.