Japanese Mint Oil - Featured Oil for November at Unique Perceptions


Japanese mint oil (Mentha arvensis var piperascens) is a pure, natural product that has deep heating and penetrating effects. It is the partially dementholated, distilled oil of the above ground parts of Japanese mint. It is becoming a fairly popular multi-purpose essential oil and a few drops go a long way.

Japanese mint oil is good for spot massage but is not recommended for a full body massage. It seems to have a relaxing, cooling effect on muscles. It is also great in the winter for clearing sinus congestion, whether applied to the chest (in a carrier oil), a few drops in an oil burner or diffuser, or a few drops in a boiling pot of water and inhaled through the steam.

Benefits

  1. Japanese mint oil can be used for various digestive complaints including poor appetite, gas (flatulence), indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, gallstones, liver problems and irritable bowel syndrome.
  2. Japanese mint oil is said to promote circulation to the area it is applied, making it a great option to promote circulation for those with chronic injuries to avascular areas such as the knee or intervertebral disc.
  3. It is good for rheumatic pain as it stimulates circulation.
  4. It is good for chest and head colds.
  5. It is good for sport injuries or other strains, swellings, muscle cramps.
  6. It can be used for muscle pain, nerve pain and headaches.
  7. Japanese mint oil might have antimicrobial (germ killing) activity.

Uses

  1. A few drops massaged into a specific area:
    1. Helps promote circulation.
    2. Relieves tight muscles and muscle cramps.
    3. Useful when treating sprains, strains, swelling and dislocations.
    4. Headache relief when massaged on to the temples and the back of the neck.
    5. Rub on the chest (diluted in a carrier oil - 1 drop oil to 10 drops carrier oil) for head and chest cold relief.
  2. Add a few drops to a basin of hot water and inhale while keeping eyes closed for sinus congestion relief.
  3. Add a few drops to an oil burner or diffuser for sinus congestion relief as well.

Safety

  1. Japanese mint oil is good for spot massage but is not recommended for a full body massage.
  2. The menthol content of Japanese mint oil might worsen bronchial asthma spasms
  3. Use of Japanese mint oil is contraindicated in people with bile duct obstruction or gallbladder inflammation.
  4. People with gallstones may experience pain and spasms.
  5. Use of Japanese mint oil is contraindicated with severe liver damage.

Sources

  1. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-616-japanese%20mint.aspx?activeingredientid=616&activeingredientname=japanese%20mint
  2. http://www.hagina.ca/product/japanese-mint-oil/
  3. http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/Search.aspx?cs=&s=ND&pt=100&sh=1&id=616&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
  4. http://calgaryrmt.com/index.php/component/content/article/46-news/latest-news/54-japanese-mint-oil