Peppermint Benefits & Information

Warning: Do not use essential oils for external applications in pregnancy or for children under 3 years old without consulting a specialist.

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Uses

Peppermint applied externally has cooling and muscle-relaxing properties. These are invaluable where there is pain due to inflammation and/or muscle spasm

How to use

As peppermint essential oil added to any cream dealing with a recent injury (bruising after a fall, back strain, sprains, etc.) or for providing a gentle analgesic action.

Dosage

Adults and children: Add 5-10 drops of the peppermint essential oil to 50g of a base cream

Birch

Caution needed if allergic to salicylates.

Uses

Birch is anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying. It is used for all types of arthritis, including gout, especially if there is substantial swelling involved.

Combinations

It can be combined with any other anti-rheumatic remedies.

How to take

As tincture.

Dosage

Adults: 0.7-1.3ml diluted with some water, 2-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:2.

Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.

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